Olathe News Briefs

This Edition of e-News - December 31, 2012:

  • Let’s Keep the New Year’s Holiday Safe
  • City Holiday Schedule
  • Olathe Libraries Closed for New Year’s Holiday
  • Holiday Hours for Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm
  • Recycle Your Christmas Trees
  • Bulk Item Pick-Up Fee Change
  • Ensor Shortwave Transmitter Returns to Airwaves January 5 After 40 Years of Silence
  • Pets Find Homes for the Holidays

                                                        

City Council
Released December 31, 2012

The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, January 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session.  Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (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.


Let’s Keep the New Year’s Holiday Safe
Released December 31, 2012
In an effort to ensure a safer and happier New Year’s holiday, residents are reminded that the possession, sale or use of fireworks in Olathe is prohibited.


City Holiday Schedule
Released December 31, 2012
City offices will be closed on Tuesday, January 1 for the New Year’s Day holiday.  Monday trash and recycling collection will occur on schedule.  The remainder of the holiday week, collection will be delayed by one day. For example, customers with a trash pick-up on Tuesday should have carts at the curb by 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday.

For questions, please call Customer Service at 971-9311 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  After normal business hours and during holidays, please call the after-hours answering service at 971-5151.


Olathe Libraries Closed for the Holidays
Released December 31, 2012
The Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park and the Indian Creek Branch, 12990 S. Black Bob Road, will close at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, December 31 and remain closed on Tuesday, January 1.


Holiday Hours for Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm
Released December 31, 2012
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm will be closed Monday, December 31 through Wednesday January 2 in honor of the New Year holiday and will resume regular hours on Thursday, January 3. During winter hours, visitors can view the exhibits in the Heritage Center, visit the hands-on children’s exhibits and walk the grounds. The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm is open year-round from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.  Activities vary seasonally.  Details, including a schedule of winter events, are available at www.mahaffie.org  or by calling 971-5111.


Recycle Your Christmas Trees
Released December 31, 2012
Olathe residents can recycle cut trees by placing them at the curb on their regular trash collection day.  Residents can also take trees to the City of Olathe Composting Facility (127th Street and Hedge Lane) between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.  The Composting Facility will be closed on January 1.

  • All ornaments, lights, plastic wrap and tree stands must be removed from trees for curbside collection or composting facility drop off.
  • Large trees (over 7-feet tall) should be cut in half.

For more information, contact Customer Service at 971-9311.  Residents need to show ID at the Composting Facility (127th and Hedge Lane).


Bulk Item Pick-Up Fee Change
Released December 31, 2012
Effective January 1, 2013, the bulk item pick-up fee will increase to $20 per 15 minutes.  Olathe residents can arrange for a curbside pick-up of large or bulky household items by calling 971-9311 at least 24 hours before the scheduled trash day.  All items must be placed within eight feet of the curb by 8:00 a.m. on the scheduled trash day.


Ensor Shortwave Transmitter Returns to Airwaves January 5 After 40 Years of Silence
Released December 31, 2012
The Ensor shortwave transmitter will once again broadcast live on Saturday, January 5 after 40 years of silence. The transmission will run from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., when this type of signal best travels. The broadcast can be heard on ham and shortwave radios on a frequency near 3885-3886 kHz. For those without a shortwave or ham radio, the Marshall Ensor Memorial Organization invites the public to attend the event at the Farm House, 18995 W. 183rd. Street in Olathe.

Marshall Ensor transmitted from the Olathe farm house beginning around 1922. His sister Loretta became the first woman to send a transmission over the Pacific Ocean in 1926. The radio room where the current transmitter sits was built in 1925 and the current transmitter was installed in 1929. Ensor spent his career in Olathe as an educator and this time included teaching an Amateur Radio Operator training course. Transmission ran from Ensor farm until 1972.

The project to restore this piece of Olathe history began in 2009 through the Marshall Ensor Memorial Organization and the help of amateur radio enthusiasts from around the area. The three-year project included replacing pieces damaged due to sunlight and age.

“This is a great opportunity to bring Olathe history to life once again,” said Kevin Corbett, Olathe Parks and Recreation director. “The Ensor Farm was a unique place in history where farm life and technology came together.”

This event was originally scheduled for December 5, but was postponed due to weather. The Ensor Farm & Museum is operated by Olathe Parks & Recreation.


Pets Find Homes for the Holidays
Released December 31, 2012
For the fourth consecutive year, the Olathe Animal Shelter participated in the National Home for the Holidays pet fostering program. During this period, Olathe residents were given the opportunity to foster a pet for the holiday season with the hopes of providing them permanent homes. Once again, local author Greg Kincaid, who wrote the book A Dog Named Christmas which inspired Home for the Holidays programs across the nation, helped kick off the event.

This year's effort was a resounding success with 11 of the 13 dogs participating in the program finding permanent homes. Of the 18 cats available through the program, nine were adopted. This event was successful because of the hard work of the shelter staff and the generosity of those choosing to provide homes for their new pets.

The Olathe Animal Shelter (505 E. Sunvale) continues to have animals available for adoption. The shelter is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday from10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Additional information can be found at www.OlatheKS.org/Police/AnimalControl or by calling the shelter (913-971-6362).


This Edition of e-News - December 24, 2012:

  • City Holiday Schedule
  • Olathe Libraries Closed for the Holidays
  • Holiday Hours for Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm
  • Recycle Your Christmas Trees
  • Vacation Safety Tips from the Olathe Police Department
  • Park Trees an Inspiration for Community Center Design

                                                            

City Council
Released December 24, 2012
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, January 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session.  Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (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.


City Holiday Schedule
Released December 24, 2012
City of Olathe offices will close at noon on Monday, December 24 and remain closed on December 25 for the Christmas holiday.  Monday trash and recycling collection will occur on schedule.  The remainder of the holiday week, collection will be delayed by one day. For example, customers with a trash pick-up on Tuesday should have carts at the curb by 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday.

City offices will also close on Tuesday, January 1 for the New Year’s Day holiday.  Monday trash and recycling collection will occur on schedule.  The remainder of the holiday week, collection will be delayed by one day.

For questions, please call Customer Service at 971-9311 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  After normal business hours and during holidays, please call the after-hours answering service at 971-5151.


Olathe Libraries Closed for the Holidays
Released December 24, 2012
The Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park and the Indian Creek Branch, 12990 S. Black Bob Road, will be closed Monday, December 24 and Friday, December 25.  Both locations also will close at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, December 31 and remain closed on Tuesday, January 1.


Holiday Hours for Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm
Released December 24, 2012
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm will be closed Monday, December 24 through Wednesday, December 26 in honor of the Christmas holiday. Mahaffie will resume regular hours on Thursday, December 27. Mahaffie will be closed Monday, December 31 through Wednesday January 2 in honor of the New Year’s holiday and will resume regular hours on Thursday, January 3. During the winter hours, visitors can view the exhibits in the Heritage Center, visit the hands-on children’s exhibits and walk the grounds. The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm is open year-round from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.  Activities vary seasonally.  Details, including a schedule of winter events, are available at www.mahaffie.org  or by calling 971-5111.


Recycle Your Christmas Trees
Released December 24, 2012
Olathe residents can recycle cut trees by placing them at the curb on their regular trash collection day.  Residents can also take trees to the City of Olathe Composting Facility (127th Street and Hedge Lane) between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.  The Composting Facility will be closed on December 25 and January 1.

All ornaments, lights, plastic wrap and tree stands must be removed from trees for curbside collection or composting facility drop off.  Large trees (over 7-feet tall) should be cut in half.

For more information, contact Customer Service at 971-9311.  Residents need to show ID at the Composting Facility (127th and Hedge Lane).


Vacation Safety Tips from the Olathe Police Department
Released December 24, 2012
Home burglary prevention begins with making your home an undesirable target.  Most burglars strike a home where they believe no one is present.  The goal then is to make your house look occupied while you’re away on vacation. 

The following tips may discourage a burglar from choosing your home:

  • Choose a trusty neighbor to pick up any parcel freight packages, mail and newspapers. 
  • Have the neighbor open your shades during the day and close them at night.  The advantages of having your neighbor come inside your home extend beyond crime prevention.  Your neighbor can also check for things like a water pipe break or gas leak.
  • Place your interior lights on timers and have the neighbor turn on exterior lights at night if you do not have motion or photocell sensors.
  • If trash barrels are placed curbside, have them brought inside after trash pickup.  Get a neighbor to put a couple of their bags of trash at your curb on trash day.
  • Have someone cut the grass or shovel the snow.  Or, have them drive their car back and forth in the driveway up to the garage to leave tracks.
  • Padlock your garage doors shut and unplug the electric garage door opener.
  • Consider leaving a car in the driveway.
  • Alert your neighbors and have them report any suspicious activity at your house.
  • Lock any side gates and outside storage areas.
  • Arrange for pet care if necessary.
  • Most importantly, lock all doors and windows. 

For additional crime prevention tips from the Olathe Police Department, visit www.OlatheKS.org/Police/Tips.


Park Trees an Inspiration for Community Center Design
Released December 24, 2012
With construction underway for the Olathe Community Center in Stagecoach Park, many residents are wondering what will happen with the trees that have defined Olathe for generations. The planning team took the landscape of Stagecoach Park into consideration throughout the entire design process, working many of the trees into the design.

“The trees and feel of the park were part of the appeal when choosing a location for the new community center,” said Michael Latka, Park Project Coordinator. “Throughout the design process, the planning team took great effort to protect and preserve as many trees as possible.”

This includes a community favorite, the “adventure” tree. This nearly 100-year-old Oak tree has been part of many family traditions for those in the community. It is considered a prime spot for a family picture, picnic or to teach a young child to climb. The large limbs reach to the ground, inviting young explores to climb. The community will be glad to know that not only will the adventure tree continue to be a centerpiece in Olathe, but it is also a centerpiece in the design of the center. From large windows looking out on the tree, to an indoor play area inspired by it, the adventure tree will serve as a cornerstone to inspire play and adventure for years to come.

As you drive by Stagecoach Park, or watch progress via the webcam, take notice of the orange fencing that is scattered throughout the construction zone; these fences are protecting some of Olathe’s favorite scenery and family gathering spots for generations to come


This Edition of e-News - December 18, 2012:

  • City Holiday Schedule
  • Olathe Libraries Closed for the Holidays
  • Holiday Hours for Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm
  • Recycle Your Christmas Trees
  • Vacation Safety Tips from the Olathe Police Department
  • Are You Ready for Snow?

                                                           

City Council
Released December 18, 2012
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, December 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session.  Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (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.


City Holiday Schedule
Released December 18, 2012
City of Olathe offices will close at noon on Monday, December 24 and remain closed on December 25 for the Christmas holiday.  Monday trash and recycling collection will occur on schedule.  The remainder of the holiday week, collection will be delayed by one day. For example, customers with a trash pick-up on Tuesday should have carts at the curb by 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday.

For questions, please call Customer Service at 971-9311 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  After normal business hours and during holidays, please call the after-hours answering service at 971-5151.


Olathe Libraries Closed for the Holidays
Released December 18, 2012
The Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park and the Indian Creek Branch, 12990 S. Black Bob Road, will be closed Monday, December 24 and Friday, December 25.  Both locations also will close at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, December 31 and remain closed on Tuesday, January 1.


Holiday Hours for Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm
Released December 18, 2012
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm will be closed Monday, December 24 through Wednesday, December 26 in honor of the Christmas holiday. Mahaffie will resume regular hours on Thursday, December 27. Mahaffie will be closed Monday, December 31 through Wednesday January 2 in honor of the New Year’s holiday and will resume regular hours on Thursday, January 3. During the winter hours, visitors can view the exhibits in the Heritage Center, visit the hands-on children’s exhibits and walk the grounds. The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm is open year-round from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.  Activities vary seasonally.  Details, including a schedule of winter events, are available at www.mahaffie.org  or by calling 971-5111.


Recycle Your Christmas Trees
Released December 18, 2012
Olathe residents can recycle cut trees by placing them at the curb on their regular trash collection day.  Residents can also take trees to the City of Olathe Composting Facility (127th Street and Hedge Lane) between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.  The Composting Facility will be closed on Monday, December 31.

  •    All ornaments, lights, plastic wrap and tree stands must be removed from trees for curbside collection or composting facility drop off.
  •     Large trees (over 7-feet tall) should be cut in half.
     

For more information, contact Customer Service at 971-9311.  Residents need to show ID at the Composting Facility (127th and Hedge Lane).


Vacation Safety Tips from the Olathe Police Department
Released December 18, 2012
Home burglary prevention begins with making your home an undesirable target.  Most burglars strike a home where they believe no one is present.  The goal then is to make your house look occupied while you’re away on vacation. 

The following tips may discourage a burglar from choosing your home:

  • Choose a trusty neighbor to pick up any parcel freight packages, mail and newspapers. 
  • Have the neighbor open your shades during the day and close them at night.  The advantages of having your neighbor come inside your home extend beyond crime prevention.  Your neighbor can also check for things like a water pipe break or gas leak.
  • Place your interior lights on timers and have the neighbor turn on exterior lights at night if you do not have motion or photocell sensors.
  • If trash barrels are placed curbside, have them brought inside after trash pickup.  Get a neighbor to put a couple of their bags of trash at your curb on trash day.
  • Have someone cut the grass or shovel the snow.  Or, have them drive their car back and forth in the driveway up to the garage to leave tracks.
  • Padlock your garage doors shut and unplug the electric garage door opener.
  • Consider leaving a car in the driveway.
  • Alert your neighbors and have them report any suspicious activity at your house.
  • Lock any side gates and outside storage areas.
  • Arrange for pet care if necessary.
  • Most importantly, lock all doors and windows. 

For additional crime prevention tips from the Olathe Police Department, visit www.OlatheKS.org/Police/Tips.


Are You Ready for Snow?
Released December 18, 2012
Though last year was an anomaly, the City of Olathe averages an annual snowfall of approximately 20 inches. The severity of winter storms determines the methods used by the City to clear streets of snow and ice.

The City of Olathe is responsible for snow removal on 1,237 lane miles of roadway and 1461 cul-de-sacs. The City follows guidelines to provide the most effective snow removal operation possible. The City utilizes an interactive Snow Plow Map so residents and visitors can track snow removal progress based on the GPS locations of the City’s snow plows.  The interactive map is available during snow events only. 

Olathe works to keep 60 vehicles removing snow during the day shift and 44 operating during the nightshift. Crews work 12-hour shifts throughout a winter storm in order to provide 24-hour winter coverage. Scouting vehicles continually monitor all city streets to direct crews to dangerous areas. Crews are also in direct contact with police dispatchers who can direct them to additional areas needing treatment in a winter storm.

For more information about the snow removal process including helpful tips for residents, visit www.OlatheKS.org/PublicWorks/Streets/Snow. During severe weather, find alerts and information on the City’s Facebook page or by following on Twitter.  Residents can also call 971-6010 to report snow and ice problems.


This Edition of e-News - December 10, 2012:

  • Community Center Breaks Ground December 15
  • City of Olathe Receives Work-Life Seal of Distinction
  • Safe Kids Kansas Recognizes Olathe Fire Department
  • Development Forum and Unified Development Ordinance Open House December 12
  • Home for the Holidays Pet Fostering Program Starts December 17

City Council
Released December 10, 2012       
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, December 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session.  Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (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.


Community Center Breaks Ground December 15
Released December 10, 2012
The City of Olathe will break ground on the new Olathe Community Center at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 15.

The 72,000 square foot facility will provide the community a state-of-art community facility that features basketball courts, a natatorium, indoor walking track, workout facilities and event space available for private party use. The facility will sit in the middle of the scenic Stagecoach Park overlooking the two ponds.

“Our beautiful new Community Center will be a unique gathering place in a scenic park setting,” said Mayor Michael Copeland.  “It will be a very modern, intergenerational facility, offering exciting recreation and wellness opportunities for Olatheans of all ages for years to come.”

The Olathe Community Center is scheduled for completion mid-2014. Follow construction updates at www.olatheks.org/parksrec/communitycenter.


City of Olathe Receives Work-Life Seal of Distinction
Released December 10, 2012
The Alliance for Work-Life Progress (AWLP) has granted the City of Olathe the Work-Life Seal of Distinction, designed to recognize employers who demonstrate leadership in workplace strategies and practices to help employees achieve success in work-life effectiveness.

The distinction assesses the degree of fit between an organization’s work-life offerings and the seven categories of work-life effectiveness including:

  • Caring for Dependents
  • Health and Wellness
  • Workplace Flexibility
  • Financial Support for Economic Security
  • Paid and Unpaid Time Off
  • Community Involvement
  • Transforming Organizational Culture.

According to Resource Management Director Dianna Wright, the award “demonstrates the commitment of Olathe’s leadership to empower employees for success in all aspects of their lives.”

The award will be presented at the Work-Life Gala Awards Dinner in Baltimore, MD on February 28, 2013.


Safe Kids Kansas Recognizes Olathe Fire Department
Released December 10, 2012
Safe Kids Kansas presented two awards to the Olathe Fire Department at its annual awards ceremony held December 4 at the Washburn Institute of Technology in Topeka. The Olathe Fire Department received the Outstanding Partnership for Child Safety award, recognizing an organization, community or individual in Kansas that demonstrates sustained support for the Safe Kids mission and goals.  The department was recognized for going above and beyond to offer fire department resources to support initiatives like the child passenger safety program.

Captain Mike Hall received the Service Recognition Award for his significant contribution to the mission and goals of Safe Kids Kansas.  Hall was specifically recognized for his efforts to prevent injuries to children through bike helmet distribution, bicycle rodeos, and other activities that contribute to the mission of the Olathe Fire Department and Safe Kids Kansas. 

Safe Kids Kansas is a coalition of over 70 statewide and regional organizations and businesses dedicated to preventing unintentional injuries to Kansas children ages 0-14. 


Development Forum and Unified Development Ordinance Open House December 12
Released December 10, 2012
The City of Olathe will host a Development Forum and Open House on Wednesday, December 12 to provide information about the 2012 Building Code adoption, updates to the Technical Specs, and changes to the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) and design guidelines.  A complete agenda and UDO documents are available at www.olatheks.org/Development/UDO_Amendments.


Home for the Holidays Pet Fostering Program Starts December 17
Released December 10, 2012
The Olathe Animal Shelter will participate in the National Home for the Holidays pet fostering program again this year. Across the country, over 13,000 pet rescue organizations are encouraging pet adoption by allowing residents to foster an animal during the holidays in hopes of giving them a permanent home.

The program is open to OLATHE RESIDENTS ONLY who can select pets starting Monday, December 17. Those who wish to do so can return the animal to the shelter on Thursday, December 27. Certain restrictions will apply. Contact the shelter for further details.

Animals can be viewed in person at the Olathe Animal Shelter, 505 E. Sunvale Drive, or at www.olatheks.org/Police/AnimalControl. The Olathe Animal Shelter is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The goal for the Home for the Holidays program is to find pets a permanent home during the holiday season. Last year's program was a tremendous success.

Olathe residents interested in making this Christmas a happy holiday for a pet in need, or those who want more information, can contact the Olathe Animal Shelter at 913-971-6362.


This Edition of e-News - December 3, 2012:
• WinterFest and Mayor’s Tree Lighting Set for December 7
• Ensor Radio to Operate Again
• Registration Open for Annual Holiday Tea
• Gift Shop at Mahaffie Open for Holiday Shopping
• Crime Prevention Tips to Counter Thefts from Autos


City Council
Released December 3, 2012
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session.  Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (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.


WinterFest and Mayor’s Tree Lighting Set for December 7
Released December 3, 2012
It’s time to kick off the holiday season at the annual Olathe WinterFest, Friday, December 7 in the R.R. Osborne Plaza at Olathe City Hall.  The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and is highlighted by the Mayor’s Christmas Tree lighting.  The main stage will feature the arrival of Santa Claus, music groups from Olathe schools and a variety of local talent.  Food and warm beverages will be available for purchase.

In addition to food and music, family and children’s activities are planned.  Santa will take time out of his busy pre-holiday schedule to make a visit and sit for pictures with children.

As part of the festivities, representatives from 14 beneficiaries of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund will be introduced and proceeds from the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will be presented to the Christmas Tree Fund.


Ensor Radio to Operate Again
Released December 3, 2012
The Ensor short wave transmitter will broadcast live on Saturday, December 8 after 40 years off the airwaves. The transmission will run from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and can be heard on ham & short wave radios on frequency near 3885-3886 kHz. For those without a short wave or ham radio, the Marshall Ensor Memorial Organization invites the public to attend the event at the Farm House, 18995 W. 183rd. Street in Olathe.

Marshall Ensor transmitted from the Olathe farm house beginning around 1922. His sister Loretta became the first woman to send transmission over the Pacific Ocean in 1926. The radio room where the current transmitter sits was built in 1925 and the current transmitter was installed in 1929. Ensor spent his career in Olathe as an educator and this time included teaching an amateur radio operator training course. Transmission ran from Ensor farm until 1972.

The project to restore this piece of Olathe History began in 2009 through the Marshall Ensor Memorial Organization and with the aid of amateur radio enthusiasts from around the area. The three year project included replacing pieces that had been damaged due to sunlight and age.

“This is another great opportunity to bring Olathe history to life,” said Kevin Corbett, Olathe Parks & Recreation director. “The Ensor Farm was a unique place in history where farm life and technology came together.”

The Ensor Farm & Museum is operated by Olathe Parks & Recreation.


Registration Open for Annual Holiday Tea
Released December 3, 2012
Enjoy the decorations at the Heritage Center, make an ornament and enjoy tea and refreshments at the Mahaffie Holiday Tea on Sunday, December 9 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Activities include a horse drawn carriage ride, weather and ground conditions permitting. Cost is $5/person for all activities. Registration is required and payment is due the day of the event. To register, please call (913) 971-5111 or visit www.mahaffie.org.


Gift Shop at Mahaffie Open for Holiday Shopping
Released December 3, 2012
Looking for unique toys or books to give this holiday season? The Gift Shop at Mahaffie has unique toys, books, ornaments and other items for the holidays. No admission is required to visit the gift shop in the Heritage Center at Mahaffie. The Gift Shop is open Wednesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m. The Olathe Historical Society also has items available for purchase including the DVD series Olathe Beautiful and several books about Olathe’s history.


Crime Prevention Tips to Counter Thefts from Autos
Released December 3, 2012
It’s late. You’re tired. After working all day, you arrive home and park your car, looking forward to resting in the comfort and security of your residence. The next morning you wake up, go outside and discover your vehicle has been burglarized with clues like a shattered window, pry marks around the door or window or perhaps no visible signs of forced entry at all. The inside has been rifled, items tossed around and contents are missing. No matter the method – you have been victimized!

Each week many vehicles become targets of thieves. Monetary losses from contents taken are high but sometimes the damage caused by the thieves cost more than the property taken. What can you do to keep from becoming a victim? The following tips may help.

  • Park your vehicle in a locked garage whenever possible.
  • If you do not have an enclosed garage, try parking in your driveway as close as possible to the house. This will help prevent thieves from hiding between the house and the car. It will also make it harder to open the hood of the car, thus protecting engine parts from theft.
  • Remove your remote garage door opener to prevent the thief from gaining access to your garage and house at that time or later.
  • Leave your residence outside lights on to illuminate where your car is parked.
  • If you have to park on a street or in a parking lot, park in a well-lit area.
  • Lock all the doors and roll up the windows.
  • Secure all valuables out of sight in the trunk or remove them from your car daily.
  • If your vehicle is a pickup or other truck, remove exposed equipment or property. Secure equipment in permanently mounted storage or tool boxes with high quality locks.
  • Consider tinting side windows to the extent allowed by law to prevent easy visibility of contents by thieves.

If you see or hear unusual activity, call the police immediately. Provide detailed descriptions of persons and vehicles involved.

Do not attempt to interrupt a suspected crime yourself! If your vehicle has been broken into, report it to the police as soon as possible. Avoid touching the vehicle until the police have responded to process the scene for possible evidence.

Sometimes, no matter what you do to secure your valuables, a burglary can occur. However, following these suggestions and using common sense can help minimize your likelihood of becoming a victim.

For other crime prevention tips, visit www.OlatheKS.org/Police.