Olathe News Briefs

This Edition of E-News - April 25, 2011:
• Discount Season Pool Passes Available Until April 30, Extended Office Hours
• Mother’s Day Tea at Mahaffie
• DEA National Take Back Event April 30

City Council
The Olathe City Council will next meet on May 3 for a regular session meeting. 


Discount Season Pool Passes Available Until April 30; Extended Office Hours
Released April 25, 2011
Saturday, April 30 is the last day to purchase City of Olathe swimming pool passes with the early splash discount.  Family season passes are discounted $10 and include admission for up to six family members.  Individual season passes are discounted $5.  The Parks and Recreation office will extend its hours this week to better accommodate those wishing to purchase season passes.  The office, located at 200 W. Santa Fe, will stay open until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26 and Thursday, April 28.  The office will also open from 9:00 a.m. until noon on Saturday, April 30.  Swim season officially begins Saturday, May 28. For more information, visit www.OlatheKs.org/ParksRec or call 971-6263. 


Treat Your Mother to an Afternoon Tea this Mother’s Day
Released April 25, 2011
In honor of Mother’s Day, the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site will host a Mother’s Day Tea from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 1.  The event is open to mothers and daughters ages 12 and up.  Event participants will learn about 19th Century etiquette, make a craft, and enjoy treats, tea and a stagecoach ride.  Musical entertainment will be provided. 

Tickets are $12 per person and Olathe residents receive a $2 discount.  Reservations may be made by calling the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm at (913) 971-5111, emailing Mahaffie, or visiting the historic site, 1200 Kansas City Rd., Wednesdays through Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or Sundays noon to 4:00 p.m.  The registration deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 29.


DEA National Take Back Event April 30
Released April 25, 2011
The Olathe Police Department, in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and numerous local law enforcement agencies, will participate in a campaign to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from medicine cabinets. 

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is a nationwide event that provides an opportunity for the public to safely dispose of unused, unwanted or expired medication.  The City of Olathe will serve as a host site on Saturday, April 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe Street. 

Olathe Police Department Sergeant John Roland states, “This is a great opportunity for residents to safely empty out the medicine cabinet of drugs no longer needed, including prescription drugs that may contain controlled substances.”  Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse. 

Tablets, capsules and all other solid dosage or liquid pharmaceutical products in consumer containers will be accepted. Intravenous solutions, injectibles and syringes will not be accepted due to the potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.  The service is free and anonymous.  For a list of other collection sites and additional information, visit www.dea.gov.

During the first nationwide take-back day in September 2010, Americans turned in over 242,000 pounds, or 121 tons, of prescription drugs at nearly 4,100 sites operated by more than 3,000 state and local law enforcement partners.  Subsequently, four days after the DEA event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which was signed by the President on October 12. 


This Edition of E-News - April 18, 2011:
• Council Swearing in on April 19
• Olathe Farmers’ Market Opens April 23
• DEA National Take Back Event April 30
• Friends of the OPL Soup Supper April 29
• Mahaffie, Libraries Closed in Observance of Easter Holiday

City Council
The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, April 19, 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


Council Swearing in on April 19
Released April 18, 2011
The Mayor and three current Olathe City Councilmembers will be sworn into office during the April 19 City Council meeting at Olathe City Hall.  Mayor Michael Copeland, At-Large Councilman John Bacon, Ward 1 Councilman Larry Campbell, and Ward 2 Councilman Jim Randall were re-elected on April 5.  The new four-year terms for each begin upon swearing in.


Olathe Farmers’ Market Opens April 23
Released April 18, 2011
Each year, the Olathe Farmers’ Market draws vendors and visitors from miles away.  The market offers primarily regionally grown fresh produce, plants and fresh flowers. 

The Saturday Farmers’ Market will open for the season on April 23, at 200 West Santa Fe in downtown Olathe (corner of Poplar and Kansas Avenue). The Saturday market hours are from 8:00 a.m. until produce is sold.  The Saturday market will run through October 22.

The Wednesday market will open on June 1. Wednesday hours are from 3:00 p.m. until produce is sold.  The Wednesday market will run through September 28.

For additional information, visit http://www.olatheks.org/ParksRec/Farmers.


DEA National Take Back Event April 30
Released April 18, 2011
The Olathe Police Department, in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and numerous local law enforcement agencies, will participate in a campaign to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from medicine cabinets. 

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is a nationwide event that provides an opportunity for the public to safely dispose of unused, unwanted or expired medication.  The City of Olathe will serve as a host site on Saturday, April 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe Street. 

Olathe Police Department Sergeant John Roland states, “This is a great opportunity for residents to safely empty out the medicine cabinet of drugs no longer needed, including prescription drugs that may contain controlled substances.”  Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse. 

Tablets, capsules and all other solid dosage or liquid pharmaceutical products in consumer containers will be accepted. Intravenous solutions, injectibles and syringes will not be accepted due to the potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.  The service is free and anonymous.  For a list of other collection sites and additional information, visit www.dea.gov.


Friends of the Olathe Public Library Annual Soup Supper April 29
Released April 18, 2011
The Friends of the Olathe Public Library will host their annual soup supper on April 29 at 6:00 p.m. at Indian Creek Community Church, 12480 S. Black Bob Road.  Tickets are $10 per person, and friend membership is not required. The menu features baked potato cheddar or vegetable beef soup, bread, salad, dessert, coffee or iced tea. 

The program begins at 6:45 p.m. featuring German Professor William D. Keel, on behalf of the Kansas Humanities Council.  Mr. Keel is also chair of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Kansas.  His research in German settlement dialects in Kansas is complemented by his involvement with the Society for German-American Studies. 

More than a third of Kansas residents are of German ancestry.  Keel’s presentation explores the major German immigrant groups and their impact on Kansas agriculture, education, and Midwestern culture.

Purchase reservations by April 25.  Refunds will not be issued after April 25.  To register, call 913-971-6879 or contact Rita Patterson. Attendance at the program is available without a reservation.


Mahaffie, Libraries Closed for Easter Holiday
Released April 18, 2011
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop, 1200 Kansas City Rd., Olathe, will be closed Sunday, April 24, for the Easter holiday.  The historic house will be open and stagecoach rides offered from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 23. For more information about the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and other spring and summer events, including summer camps, visit www.mahaffie.org.

Olathe Public Library locations are also closed on Sunday, April 24, in observance of the Easter holiday.


This Edition of E-News - April 11, 2011:
• Citizen Connect Allows Residents to Ask, Report, Share
• Mahaffie Spring Cemetery Tour Highlights Local History
• Mahaffie Offering Unique Hands-on Summer Camp Experiences
• Friends of the Olathe Public Library Annual Soup Supper April 29
• Arborists Descend on Stagecoach Park for Day of Service
• Olathe Hosts Legislative Forum April 15

City Council
The Olathe City Council will next meet on April 19 for a regular session meeting. 


Citizen Connect Allows Residents to Ask, Report, Share
Released April 11, 2011
Citizen Connect offers convenient online access to Olathe City Hall 24 hours a day/seven days a week at www.olatheks.org/citizenconnect.  Citizens are encouraged to Ask, Report, and Share thoughts, concerns or inquiries relating to City services.

The Citizen Connect user receives confirmation online and via email upon submitting an inquiry or concern.  City staff also contacts the Citizen Connect user within two business days and citizens can enjoy the option to review the status of their record and/or contact staff online.

Citizen Connect also enables City staff to record service information as we continue efforts to better serve the Olathe community.


Mahaffie Spring Cemetery Tour Highlights Local History
Released April 11, 2011
Tickets are still available for the popular Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site’s annual Spring Cemetery Tours.  Mahaffie staff will lead visitors through the historic Olathe Memorial Cemetery exploring the symbols, historical figures and landscapes of the cemetery.  Olathe Memorial Cemetery was established in 1865 and is located at 738 N. Chestnut St.

The Spring Cemetery Tour will be held Sunday, April 17, with tours leaving at 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.  The tour group meets at Northview Elementary, 905 N. Walker.  The tour requires long periods of walking and refreshments are provided.

Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for children ages 5-11.  Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm offers tickets at (913) 971-5111 or on site at 1200 Kansas City Rd., Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or Sunday, noon to 4:00 p.m. 


Mahaffie Offering Unique Hands-on Summer Camp Experiences
Released April 11, 2011
Summer is just around the corner.  Enroll children now for a unique summer camp experience.  Mahaffie’s summer camps feature a variety of hands-on history-related indoor and outdoor activities with two snacks daily.  Structured activities are offered from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with extended hours available 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Week-long history-themed camps are available for youth in grades K-6.   Admission is $150/week for Olathe residents; $175/week for non-residents.  A discount is available for additional siblings.  Please register at least one week prior to the start of camp at (913) 971-5111 or contact Mahaffie.

Enjoy the following 2011 summer camp experiences:
• Welcome to the Old West (Grades 2 & 3), June 6-10 or July 11-15
• Civil War (Grades 4 & 5), June 13-17 or July 18-22
• 19th Century Inventors Workshop (Grades 5 & 6), June 27-July 1 or July 25-29


Friends of the Olathe Public Library Annual Soup Supper April 29
Released April 11, 2011
The Friends of the Olathe Public Library will host their annual soup supper on April 29 at 6:00 p.m. at Indian Creek Community Church, 12480 S. Black Bob Road.  Tickets are $10 per person, and friend membership is not required. The menu features baked potato cheddar or vegetable beef soup, bread, salad, dessert, coffee or iced tea. 

The program begins at 6:45 p.m. featuring German Professor William D. Keel, on behalf of the Kansas Humanities Council.  Mr. Keel is also chair of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Kansas.  His research in German settlement dialects in Kansas is complemented by his involvement with the Society for German-American Studies. 

More than a third of Kansas residents are of German ancestry.  Keel’s presentation explores the major German immigrant groups and their impact on Kansas agriculture, education, and Midwestern culture.

Purchase reservations by April 25.  Refunds will not be issued after April 25.  To register, call 913-971-6879. or contact Rita Patterson.  Attendance at the program is available without a reservation.


Arborists Descend on Stagecoach Park for Day of Service
Released April 11, 2011
On Friday, April 15, members of the Kansas Arborists Association will descend on Stagecoach Park for their Day of Service.  Trees throughout the park will get some extra TLC thanks to the annual event that allows regional arborists to give back to the community.

According to City of Olathe Arborist Rick Spurgeon, the use of free crews and equipment for the day is invaluable. “This is wonderful for the City of Olathe because we are able to focus efforts on maintenance that will help the trees look better and last many years longer. We are so grateful to the volunteers from private firms and public organizations who ‘take the day off’ to provide their time and talents to us,” Spurgeon said.

Approximately 16 tree crews from across the region will conduct structural pruning, maintenance and overall clean-up throughout Stagecoach Park. The volunteer efforts will beautify the park, and will help with preparations for the annual Tree Climbing Championship scheduled for June in the park.  In the event of rain, the Day of Service will be held on Friday, April 22.


Olathe to Host Legislative Forum
Released April 11, 2011

During the month of April, Kansas Senate and House Representatives will hold a series of Legislative forums to talk with constituents before they head back for the Veto Session in early May.   The three forums are scheduled for Olathe, Lenexa and De Soto, and will include a moderator for questions and light refreshments sponsored by AT&T and/or KCP&L. 

The Olathe forum is scheduled for Friday, April 15 at 12:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber of Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe.  Mayor Michael Copeland will serve as the moderator.  The public is encouraged to attend.


This Edition of E-News - April 4, 2011:
• Sign Sweep Results
• Olathe to Host Legislative Forum
• Local Submarine Veterans Group to Hold a Memorial Service and Dedication Ceremony
• Olathe Public Library Hosts Blood Drive

City Council
The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, April 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.


Recent Sweep Nets 788 Signs
Released April 4, 2011
On March 30, City staff removed 788 signs that were illegally placed on public property, including right-of-way and medians. Signs illegally placed in public areas are not only an eye sore, but can obstruct driver view and be problematic for pedestrians using sidewalks.  Temporary signs may be placed on private property by the property owner or with the owner’s permission, but there are regulations limiting duration and size.  For more information about the City of Olathe sign ordinance, visit www.OlatheKs.org


Olathe to Host Legislative Forum
Released April 4, 2011
During the month of April, Kansas Senate and House Representatives will hold a series of Legislative forums to talk with constituents before they head back for the Veto Session in early May.   The three forums are scheduled for Olathe, Lenexa and De Soto, and will include a moderator for questions and light refreshments sponsored by AT&T and/or KCP&L. 

The Olathe forum is scheduled for Friday, April 15 at 12:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber of Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe.  Mayor Michael Copeland will serve as the moderator.  The public is encouraged to attend.


Local Submarine Veterans Group to Hold a Memorial Service and Dedication Ceremony
Released April 4, 2011
The Topeka-Jefferson City Base of the United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. will conduct a “Tolling of the Boats” and Memorial Dedication on Saturday, April 9, at 11:30 a.m. at the Olathe Veterans Memorial Park. The park is located on the Northwest corner of Old 56 Highway  and Harrison Street in Olathe.

The group symbolically placed 65 bricks in the park in recognition of the lost boats of the United States Submarine Service. This observance will also coincide with the 111th Anniversary of the US Submarine Service. The event is free of charge and the community is invited to attend.
 
Topeka-Jefferson City Base is the local area chapter of United States Submarine Veterans, Inc (USSVI). The primary mission of the group is to perpetuate the memory of shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country.

For more information contact John Moore, Base Chaplain at k4jnb@arrl.net or (913) 209-6193, Joe Robinson, Base Secretary at joe.robinson@garmin.com or (913) 205-9714, or Ed Irwin, Base Commander at ednsue1975@yahoo.com or (573) 636-9878.


Olathe Public Library Hosts Blood Drive
Released April 4, 2011
The Olathe Public Library will sponsor an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, April 6, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road.  To make an appointment to donate, call 913-971-5235 or visit www.redcrossblood.org  and enter sponsor code: OlathePublicLibrary.