Olathe News Briefs

This Edition of E-News - August 29, 2011:
• City Offices Closed Labor Day; Trash/Recycling Not Impacted
• Olathe Lends Hand to Neighboring Community
• Black Bob Bay to Close After Labor Day; Too Cool to Drool September 11
• Country Chef Challenge Continues September 3

City Council
Released August 29, 2011
The Olathe City Council will next meet on September 6 for a regular session meeting.


City Offices Closed Labor Day; Trash Pick-up on Regular Schedule
Released August 29, 2011
City of Olathe offices will be closed on Monday, September 5 for the Labor Day Holiday.  However, trash and recycling pick-up schedules are not impacted.


Olathe Lends Hand to Neighboring Community
Released August 29, 2011
Last week, Olathe’s Emergency Management Team deployed resources to Leavenworth County in response to the recent storms in the area.  The Olathe Department of Public Works deployed four tandem dump trucks,  a front end loader with grapple, and the personnel to operate the equipment.  This is not the first time the City of Olathe has answered a request for assistance from a neighboring community.  In recent months, Olathe has provided storm recovery assistance to Doniphan County, KS, Reading, KS and Joplin, MO. 


Black Bob Bay to Close after Labor Day; Too Cool to Drool Scheduled for September 11
Released August 29, 2011
Black Bob Bay will close for the summer after scheduled hours on Monday, September 5.  Black Bob Bay will continue to operate on reduced hours through Labor Day; 12:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday.   

While the pool will close to humans this weekend, it will be open for one last “doggie dip” on Sunday, September 11 as part of Animal Haven’s “Too Cool to Drool” event.  The event is held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Black Bob Park, 14500 W. 151st Street. Admission per dog is $15 pre-event or $25 at the door.  Human companions are free.  All proceeds benefit Animal Haven.  Various vendors, food and entertainment will be available on site.  For more information visit www.animalhavenkc.org or call Animal Haven at 913-944-4199. 


Country Chef Challenge Continues September 3
Released August 29, 2011
The second round of the COUNTRY Chef Challenge will take place Saturday, September 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Olathe Farmers’ Market, 200 W. Santa Fe.

Over the course of three weeks, six teams of two students from the Olathe Public Schools Les Arts Culinaires program will tempt the taste buds of a celebrity judging panel. On September 24, the top two scoring teams will duel for first prize bragging rights and a $1,000 scholarship. Second place will receive a $500 scholarship.

This week’s celebrity judging panel includes Olathe Fire Chief Jeff DeGraffenreid; Steve Venee, academic director of Culinary Arts, The International Culinary Schools at the Art Institute; Nick Hunt, Meat in Motion; and community volunteer Bev Wittenborn.

The COUNTRY Chef Challenge is sponsored by the City of Olathe and COUNTRY Financial.  For more information, visit www.countrychefchallenge.com.


This Edition of E-News - Released 8/22/11
• 2012 City Budget Approved
• Annual AquaFest Saturday
• Fall Youth Flag Football
• Fall Girls Volleyball
• Tennis Block Party
• Olathe Teen Council Still Seeking Applicants
• Beat the Heat Book Sale August 25-27
• New Fall Hours for Both Olathe Libraries Begin Today

City Council
Released 8/22/11
The Olathe City Council will next meet on September 6 for a regular session meeting


2012 City Budget Approved
Released 8/22/11
The Olathe City Council approved the City’s 2012 budget by a six to one vote at the regular Council meeting on August 16.  The 2012 budget reflects a 0.3% reduction from the 2011 adopted budget  Visit the budget section of the City’s website at www.OlatheKs.org.


Annual AquaFest August 27
Released 8/22/11
Celebrate water as an important resource and a never-ending source of fun at the 11th Annual AquaFest event on Saturday, August 27, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Cedar Lake Park, 15500 S. Lone Elm Road. Free activities include hands-on science activities, canoeing, fishing, arts and crafts, waterslide, O.K. Kids Wildlifer Challenge Activities and much, much more!  The activities are designed to appeal to all ages, so bring the whole family because there’s something for everyone.

Sponsored by City of Olathe Public Works and Parks & Recreation, AquaFest provides a unique, interactive opportunity for children to learn, alongside their parents, about the simple things each of us can do to improve water quality. The event focuses on water as an essential component of the overall quality of life in the community.  For more information, call 913-971-9311 or visit Aquafest.


Fall Youth Flag Football
Released 8/22/11
The City of Olathe Parks and Recreation Department offers flag football programs for boys and girls ages 2 ½ through grade 7. The program emphasizes fun, safety, participation, football skills and the proper attitude toward competition. Games are played on Saturdays beginning September 18. The deadline to register is August 23. For more information and to register, visit www.olatheks.org/parksrec/flagfootball.


Fall Girls Volleyball
Released 8/22/11
This fall, the City of Olathe Parks and Recreation Department will offer instructional volleyball classes for girls currently in grades 2 and 3. The program consists of 7- 55 minute courses to be held at Mill Creek Gym, 311 E. Park St. Instructors will demonstrate basic volleyball skills and techniques; and participants will also play on teams in game-like situations. The deadline to register is August 23. For more information and to register, visit www.olatheks.org/parksrec/instructionalvolleyball.


Tennis Block Party
Released 8/22/11
On Saturday, August 27, the City of Olathe Parks and Recreation Department will host a tennis block party at Two Trails Park (1000 N. Ridgeview) from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  The party is designed for families to experience the fun and fitness of playing tennis at any age.  Free and open to the public, the event will offer fun tennis games and instruction for adults and children. For more information, visit www.olatheks.org/parksrec/tennisblock.


Olathe Teen Council Seeking Applicants
Released 8/22/11
The City of Olathe is looking for youth, grades 9-12, to serve on the Olathe Teen Council for the 2011-2012 school-year.  The Council, modeled loosely after the Olathe City Council, provides students with a unique opportunity to learn about local government, meet community leaders, and plan service opportunities within the community. Seats on the Olathe Teen Council are awarded to 15 individuals from Olathe public, private, and home schools. Three representatives are accepted from each public Olathe high school, with three representatives from private and home schools. All students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply. Additional details and an online application are available at www.olatheks.org/CMO/TeenCouncil.  All applications must be received by Monday, September 12 to be considered.


Beat the Heat Book Sale
Released 8/22/11
Shop the Used Book Sale sponsored by the Friends of the Olathe Public Library at the Indian Creek Branch, 12990 S. Black Bob Road.  The sale will be held August 25 ( 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) - August 26 (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) - August 27 (Noon to 4:00 p.m.).   All ex-library materials are buy one, get one free (equal or lesser value).  The Six-Bucks-A-Sack Sale will be on August 28 ( 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.) buy two bags, get two free.  All Olathe Public Library Friends members will receive $2 off their total purchase (one time only and not valid at the Sack Sale).  Due to space limitations, strollers or book carts are not permitted at the event.  Cash or checks are accepted and all sales are final.


New Fall Hours for Both Olathe Libraries Begin Today
Released 8/22/11
Both Olathe Public Library locations (201 E. Park and 12990 S. Black Bob Road,) will begin new hours on August 22.  Both locations will be open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday from noon to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.  For more information visit Olathe Public Library.

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This Edition of E-News - Released 8/15/11
• Council to Vote on 2012 Budget Tuesday
• High School Students to Compete in Inaugural Chef Challenge at Farmers’ Market
• Celebrate Water and Beat the Summer Heat at the 11th Annual AquaFest
• Public Works Offices to Relocate August 22

Fall Youth Flag Football
• Fall Girls Volleyball
• Beat the Heat Book Sale
• New Fall Hours for Both Olathe Libraries
• School Safety Program Works to Ensure Student Safety

City CouncilReleased 8/15/11ReReReleased 8/15/11Released 8/15/11
Released 8/15/11
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, August 16, 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 to Vote on 2012 Budget Tuesday
Released 8/15/11
The proposed 2012 Budget, the proposed 2012-2016 Capital Improvement Plan, and the proposed 2012 Fee Resolution are all scheduled to be adopted at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, August 16th.   This will conclude the 2012 budget process.


High School Students to Compete in Inaugural Chef Challenge at Farmers’ MarketReleased 8/15/11
Released 8/15/11
Budding Olathe chefs will take Olathe Farmer's Market patrons to school when they display their culinary skills during heated competitions on August 27, September 3, 17 and 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Market located at 200 W Santa Fe in downtown Olathe at the corner of Kansas and Poplar Streets.

Sponsored by COUNTRY Financial and the City of Olathe, Olathe Public Schools students from Les Arts Culinaires are going head-to-head in the inaugural COUNTRY Chef Challenge.

Competitors will scope out the market’s goodies the week prior to competition. Then, they will have a week to develop a recipe of their choice. The teams will have 45 minutes to prepare their dish on the day of each challenge.

Over the course of three weeks, six teams of two students will tempt the taste buds of a celebrity judging panel. On September 24, the top two scoring teams will duel for first prize bragging rights and a $1,000 scholarship. Second place will receive a $500 scholarship.

Twelve students will be selected by their instructors from Les Arts Culinaires to compete in the event.

A different celebrity judging panel will score the dishes each week. Olathe City Manager Michael Wilkes, Olathe  Fire Cheif Jeff DeGraffenreid, HGTV Design Star Jennifer Bertrand, Meat in Motion Nick Hunt, Chef and Owner of Caenan Castle Renee Kelly, Olathe Chamber Chief Operating Officer Brad Cornell, Kathy Musgrave from Olathe Public Schools; Senator Julia Lynn; and Comic Book Writer Jai Nitz will fill the judging seats. COUNTRY Financial representatives will emcee the event.

"This event will highlight the talents of the culinary program and the wonderful provisions of our community farmers market,” says David Hatzfeld, COUNTRY Financial agency manager of Kansas City Southwest. “COUNTRY always emphasizes supporting our communities through sponsorship, volunteerism and creative partnerships. This event is another way we underscore our commitment to our friends, neighbors and Olathe at large."

COUNTRY Financial representatives will host a booth at the Chef Challenge events to distribute recipe cards and canvas bags for shoppers to hold market goodies.

“It’s exciting to see the young chefs using the market’s produce to create their dishes, and hopefully it will encourage others to shop the Market,” says Rick Dryden, special events coordinator for the City of Olathe. “You can meet the farmers who grow your food.  The selection is fresher and when you purchase local produce, the money remains in the community and stimulates the local economy. ”

For more information, visit www.countrychefchallenge.com.


Celebrate Water and Beat the Summer Heat at the 11th Annual AquaFestReleased 8/15/11
Released 8/15/11
Celebrate water as an important resource and a never-ending source of fun at the 11th Annual AquaFest event on Saturday, August 27, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Cedar Lake Park, 15500 S. Lone Elm Road. Free activities include hands-on science activities, canoeing, fishing, arts and crafts, waterslide, O.K. Kids Wildlifer Challenge Activities and much, much more!  The activities are designed to appeal to all ages, so bring the whole family because there’s something for everyone.

Sponsored by City of Olathe Public Works and Parks & Recreation, AquaFest provides a unique, interactive opportunity for children to learn, alongside their parents, about the simple things each of us can do to improve water quality. The event focuses on water, an essential component of the overall quality of life in the community.  For more information, call 913-971-9311 or visit Aquafest.


Public Works Offices to Relocate August 22
Released 8/15/11
Beginning August 22, all Public Works offices formerly located at Olathe City Hall, will relocate to the Robinson campus, 1385 S. Robinson Rd.  The moves include Engineering staff and Public Works Administration.  The moves are anticipated to improve efficiency and save money as part of a larger department consolidation effort.  The Planning Division will remain at City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe.


Fall Youth Flag Football
Released 8/15/11Released 8/15/11
The City of Olathe Parks and Recreation Department offers flag football programs for boys and girls ages 2 ½ through grade 7. The program emphasizes fun, safety, participation, football skills and the proper attitude toward competition. Games are played on Saturdays beginning September 18. The deadline to register is August 23. For more information and to register, visit Flag Football Programs.


Fall Girls Volleyball
Released 8/15/11
This fall, the Olathe Parks and Recreation Department will offer instructional volleyball classes for girls currently in grades 2 and 3. The program consists of seven, 55 minute courses held at Mill Creek Gym. Instructors will demonstrate basic volleyball skills and techniques, and participants will also play in teams in game-like situations. The deadline to register is August 23.  For more information and to register, visit Instructional Volleyball.


Beat the Heat Book Sale
Released 8/15/11
Shop the used book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Olathe Public Library at the Indian Creek Branch, 12990 S. Black Bob Road.  The sale will be held August 25 ( 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) - August 26 (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) - August 27 (Noon to 4:00 p.m.).   All ex-library materials are buy one, get one free (equal or lesser value).  The Six-Bucks-A-Sack Sale will be on August 28 ( 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.) buy two bags, get two free.  All Olathe Public Library Friends members will receive $2 off their total purchase (one time only and not valid at the Sack Sale).  Due to space limitations, strollers or book carts are not permitted at the event.  Cash or checks are accepted and all sales are final.


New Fall Hours for Both Olathe LibrariesReleased 8/15/11Released 8/15/11
Released 8/15/11
Both Olathe Public Library locations (201 E. Park and 12990 S. Black Bob Road,) will begin new hours on August 22.  Both locations will be open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday from noon to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.  For more information visit Olathe Public Library.


School Safety Program Works to Ensure Student Safety
Released 8/15/11
Students in the Olathe school district go back to school this week and with that comes an increase in pedestrian traffic.  Motorists are reminded to drive safely and be aware of school speed zones and school crosswalks. 

The City of Olathe is a community partner in improving pedestrian safety at all schools through the School Safety program.  The program addresses standards for each Olathe school regarding school speed zones, signs, crosswalks and pavement markings, crossing guards, other pedestrian programs and school pedestrian route plans.

The Olathe Parks and Recreation Department manages the school crossing guards for elementary schools, which are provided through a contract with Securitas.  A School Crossing Guard Hotline telephone number, 913-971-8624, provides a forum to communicate concerns or compliments about the school crossing guards in the community. 

The Olathe Police Department School Resource Officers and Traffic/Patrol Officers will assist with checking school crossings for traffic issues and other safety concerns as school kicks off.

For more information about the School Safety Program, including school safety tips, walking routes and crossing guard maps, visit School Safet


This Edition of E-News - August 8, 2011:
• School Safety Program Works to Ensure Student Safety
• Olathe Takes Big Step to Preserve the Past as a Foundation for the Future
• Stormwater Management Reimbursement Program Available Through October 2011
• Congressman Yoder to Hold Town Hall in Olathe
• Fall Youth Soccer
• Sailing Classes
• T.A.K.E. Foundation Seminar

City Council Agenda
The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, August 9, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a study session.  To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at www.OlatheKS.org.


School Safety Program Works to Ensure Student Safety
Released August 8, 2011
Students in the Olathe school district go back to school next week and with that comes an increase in pedestrian traffic.  Motorists are reminded to be aware of school speed zones and school crosswalks and to drive carefully. 

The City of Olathe is a community partner in improving pedestrian safety at all schools through the School Safety program.  The program addresses standards for each Olathe school regarding school speed zones, signs, crosswalks and pavement markings, crossing guards, other pedestrian programs and school pedestrian route plans.

The Olathe Parks and Recreation Department manages the school crossing guards for elementary schools, which are provided through a contract with Securitas.  A School Crossing Guard Hotline telephone number, 913-971-8624, provides a forum to communicate concerns or compliments about the school crossing guards in the community. 

The Olathe Police Department School Resource, Traffic and Patrol Officers will assist with checking school crossings for traffic issues and other safety concerns as school kicks off.

For more information about the School Safety Program, including school safety tips, walking routes and crossing guard maps, visit www.OlatheKS.org/SchoolSafety.


Olathe Takes Big Step to Preserve the Past as a Foundation for the Future
Released August 8, 2011
The Olathe Historic Preservation Board is proud to announce the establishment of the Olathe Register of Historic Places.  On August 2, the City Council approved five separate landmarks for the first-ever designation to the local register.   The inaugural list of properties include the Walnut Grove one-room Schoolhouse which is currently owned by the Olathe Public Schools; the Albert Ott House and Frank Lanter House, both privately owned residences and currently listed on the National Historic Register; and the Mahaffie House and Ensor Farm, both City owned and operated and also listed on the National Historic Register.

The Olathe Register of Historic Places is a list of properties or landmarks formally recognized by the City of Olathe as historic places.  Its purpose is to promote the conservation of places of Olathe’s historical, cultural and architectural significance.  For more information on the local register, Olathe’s historic properties, or to obtain an application for nomination, please visit www.OlatheKS.org/Development/Neighborhoods/HistoricPreservation.


Stormwater Management Reimbursement Program Available Through October 2011
Released August 8, 2011
When stormwater is not managed it can cause water pollution, stream bank erosion, and flooding.  Residential and business property owners are encouraged to help manage stormwater run-off through a cost-share reimbursement program offered through the City of Olathe and the Johnson County Stormwater Management Program. The program is intended to help cover the costs of materials and/or contractor labor to install stormwater management improvements.

The cost-share reimbursement will provide a 50 percent match on identified Stormwater Best Management Practices Improvements, up to $1,000 on rain gardens or native planting swales/buffers, and a 50 percent match on rain barrels, up to $75.  Stormwater management projects eligible for the cost share reimbursement program, program conditions, applications and contact information are available at www.OlatheKS.org/PublicWorks/Engineering/StormwaterBMP.


Congressman Yoder to Hold Town Hall in Olathe
Released August 8, 2011
Congressman Kevin Yoder will conduct a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, August 11, in the Council Chamber of Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe.  The event is scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and will be broadcast live on the Olathe Government Network (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99).


Fall Youth Soccer
Released August 8, 2011
The City of Olathe Parks and Recreation Department offers a youth soccer league for boys and girls beginning at age 2.5 through first grade. Soccer is an excellent way to get children active and engaged in a team activity. The deadline to register is August 12. To register a player, visit www.OlatheKS.org/parksrec/youthsoccer.


Sailing Classes
Released August 8, 2011
Whether you have always dreamed of being an explorer like Columbus or a treasure hunting pirate of Lake Olathe, this sailing class will teach the basics of sailing & boating in safe and exciting ways. Class includes how to rig and assemble the lateen rigged sailboats, get underway, trim the sail for different angles of wind, right-of-way, capsize and right the sailboats, "Man overboard!", and more. The deadline to register is August 12. Register today at www.OlatheKS.org/parksrec/sailing.


T.A.K.E. Foundation Seminar
Released August 8, 2011
The Ali Kemp Educational (T.A.K.E.) Foundation seminar represents a living legacy in honor of Ali Kemp, a 19 year-old Leawood resident who was murdered while working at an area pool in 2002. The goal of the program is to raise awareness and give women the self-protection skills needed to avoid becoming the victim of violent crime. The T.A.K.E. Foundation seminar will be held August 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. To register, visit www.OlatheKS.org/content/take-foundation-seminar.


This Edition of E-News - August 1, 2011:
• Summer Pool Closure Schedule Announced
• Applications Now Available for Olathe Citizens Police Academy
• Olathe Police Foundation to Host Benefit Car Show
• Mahaffie to Honor Volunteers, Dedicate Sculpture in Memory of Former Volunteer
• Rec Day at the Bay August 6
• Olathe Receives StormReady® Honor

City Council
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, August 2, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session.  The agenda includes a public hearing related to the 2012 Budget.  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.


Summer Pool Closure Schedule Announced
Released August 1, 2011
The City of Olathe will reduce pool operations beginning in August.  Millcreek Pool will close for the season after pool hours on Sunday, August 7.  Oregon Trail Pool and Frontier Pool will be open through Sunday, August 14.  Black Bob Bay will remain open for regular hours through August 14 and will operate reduced hours from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. weekdays August 15 to August 19.  Black Bob Bay will operate from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 20, closing early for a special event.  Beginning August 21, Black Bob Bay will operate on weekends only from 12:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. through Labor Day, September 5.  The summer pool season officially ends on Tuesday, September 6.

For more information about Olathe city pool schedules, visit the Parks and Recreation section of the City’s website at www.OlatheKS.org.


Applications Now Available for Olathe Citizens Police Academy
Released August 1, 2011
The Olathe Police Department is accepting applications for the 17th class of the Olathe Citizens Police Academy

The academy is a fast paced, nine week course offered Thursday nights September 22 through November 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.   The classes are held at the Olathe Police Department, 501 E. 56 Highway.  Participants can look forward to classroom time, hands on displays, and a ride along with an Olathe police officer. 

The academy is designed to provide citizens with firsthand knowledge of the day-to-day operation of their police department.  The academy allows for the opportunity to interact with many members of the department that are in various assignments to include: Patrol, Investigations, Tactical Support Unit, Canine Unit, Traffic Unit and many other areas.

To obtain information or an application, visit www.OlatheKS.org/Police/CitizensPoliceAcademy or contact Shelby Teufel at  913-971-6302.  Applications will be accepted until Friday, September 9 at 5:00 p.m.

The Citizens Police Academy is sponsored by the Olathe Police Department and the Citizens Police Advisory Council (CPAC).     


Olathe Police Foundation to Host Benefit Car Show
Released August 1, 2011
The Olathe Police Foundation is hosting “Car Craze in the Hot Summer Daze,” a benefit car show, at the Great Mall of the Great Plains on Saturday, August 27.  On-site registration will start at 9:00 a.m. with the formal show starting at 10:00 a.m.  The awards presentation will begin at 3:00 p.m. and will include the Police Chief's Choice, Sheriff's Choice, Fire Chief's Choice, and the People's Choice.  There will also be awards to the "Top 25 Cars" at the show.  Door prize drawings will be held throughout the show.

The show is open to all vehicle classes.  According to Olathe Police Foundation Chair LaVern Fields, the show is for fun and everyone is welcome.  “If it rolls, bring it by.  If it runs, drive it in,” Fields said.  The Olathe Police Foundation is extending a special welcome to any vintage public safety vehicles.

A minimum $25 donation per vehicle entered in the show is requested.  Corporate event sponsorships start as low as $50.

The Olathe Police Foundation is a Not for Profit 501(c)3 organization formed in 2006 to raise funds on behalf and in support of the men and women of the Olathe Police Department.  Any funding received is used for the purpose of purchasing specialized equipment, offsetting the cost of specialized officer training, and assisting with funding of recognition opportunities to acknowledge the officers' outstanding job performance. The goal through fundraising is to provide "Resources for a Safe Olathe."

Dash plaques and sponsor bags will be provided to the first 100 cars registered at the show. For more information, or to donate or pre-register on-line, visit the Foundation’s website at www.olathepolicefoundation.org.


Mahaffie to Honor Volunteers, Dedicate Sculpture in Memory of Former Volunteer
Released August 1, 2011
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site will host an ice cream reception in appreciation of the volunteers who have contributed hours to the historic site this spring and summer.  The event will be held Thursday, August 4, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 Kansas City Road.

As part of this year’s reception Mahaffie staff will hold a ceremony to dedicate a stagecoach sculpture and stone wall on the Heritage Center patio.  Funds to construct the wall and sculpture were donated to the site by Mike and Lynette Newson of Olathe in memory of their daughter Carrie Newson.  Carrie was a volunteer in 1996, helping in the gift shop and providing tours of the Mahaffie house. She was killed in a car accident in March of 1998.  A volunteer award is presented annually to a Mahaffie youth volunteer in Carrie’s memory.

Volunteers have contributed over 800 hours to the site this spring and summer.  Volunteers are an integral part of helping the site to offer a unique experience with a variety of hands-on activities.  Volunteers gave over 6,000 hours to the historic site in 2010.

For more information about volunteer opportunities at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop, contact Volunteer Coordinator Alice Snider at (913) 971-5502.


Rec Day at the Bay August 6
Released August 1, 2011
Looking forward to a fun filled, family-friendly summer day? Join us at Black Bob Bay for Fun Rec Day at the Bay on Saturday, August 6. Activities will include swimming, music, pool games, recreation demonstrations, a pool concert featuring Jim Cosgrove and the Hiccups and more. The fun starts at 2:00 p.m. and lasts until 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.OlatheKS.org/parksrec/recday.


Olathe Receives StormReady® Honor
Released August 1, 2011
Last week, Olathe became one of only six communities in Kansas and the first in Johnson County to earn the honorable designation of StormReady® from the National Weather Service (NWS). StormReady® is a national program that gives communities the skills and education needed to survive severe weather, before and during the event. The nationwide community preparedness program uses a grassroots and pro-active approach to help communities develop plans to improve local hazardous weather operations and public awareness for local severe weather threats. StormReady® communities are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through advanced planning, education and awareness, according to the NWS.

To become a StormReady® Community, a jurisdiction must successfully address the program’s six categories and respective guidelines. The categories are: Communication, NWS Information Reception, Hydrometeorlogical Monitoring, Local Warning Dissemination, Community Preparedness and Administrative. The six StormReady® Kansas communities are Cherryvale, Horton, Olathe, Overbrook, Scranton and Wamego. 

Assistant Fire Chief and Deputy Emergency Management Director Tim Richards said, “We are honored to have received the StormReady designation.” He added, “Initiatives like this help ensure that the community is better prepared for severe weather events.”