Olathe News Briefs

This Edition of E-News - March 26, 2012:
• Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Receives Grant
• Kansas Arborist Association Day of Service Coming to Olathe - UPDATED
• Olathe Human Relations Commission Annual Awards Set
• Olathe Library Savin’ of the Green Book Sale March 28-April 1
• Friday Filing Deadline for Ward 3 Vacancy

City Council
Released March 26, 2012
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, April 3 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.


Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Receives Grant
Released March 26, 2012
The Woman’s City Club of Greater Kansas City has awarded Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm a $1250 grant to help Title I schools with transportation costs for field trips to the historic site. The grant amount allows for four $250 grants to be awarded for the 2012-2013 school year. Two grants will be awarded in the fall of 2012 and two grants will be awarded for spring of 2013. An application for the funds is required and grants will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

The Woman’s City Club of Greater Kansas City supports causes of women and children throughout the Kansas City Metropolitan area. The application process will open May 1, 2012. Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm served 8,800 school children in the 2010-2011 school year. “Mahaffie is very excited to have the support of the Woman’s City Club of Greater Kansas City to help support the needs of children who may not otherwise be able to experience the hands on activities of where history happened,” said Liz Smith, Daily Programs Coordinator. The grant application and more details can be accessed at www.mahaffie.org.


Kansas Arborist Association Day of Service Coming to Olathe
Released March 26, 2012
The Kansas Arborist Association will host its annual Day of Service in Olathe on Friday, April 20. More than 15 tree services and 40 professionals, along with plenty of bucket trucks, brush chippers, and climbing gear, will join Olathe parks crews at Stagecoach Park, Kansas City Road and Ridgeview, at 8:00 a.m. for a day of pruning and tree removal.

“Each year the association chooses a location to donate professional services,”  said Rick Spurgeon, City Arborist for Olathe and the 2012 Kansas Arborist Association President. “Last year the estimated value of the services provided was more than $30,000.”

The association chose Olathe for this year’s Day of Service because Stagecoach Park will be the site of the 2012 Midwestern Tree Climbing Competition on Saturday, June 9.

For more information on the Day of Service or the Midwestern Tree Climbing Competition contact Rick Spurgeon at 913-207-1818.


Olathe Human Relations Commission Annual Awards Set
Released March 26, 2012
The Olathe Human Relations Commission is currently accepting nominations for its annual community awards program.  This year’s program, “Diversity Makes the Difference” will be held on Thursday April 19 in the Olathe City Council Chamber.  The event begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by the ceremony from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Nominations will be accepted through noon on April 6.

The awards recognize individuals and organizations that have been actively involved in improving cultural diversity and advocacy of human relations. This year’s categories include: the Olathe Human Relations Commission Humanitarian Award, the Commission/Organization/Business Award, the Educator Award, the Youth Award, and the Olathe Human Relation Commission Chairman’s Award.  Additional information about each category and how to submit a nomination(s) is available at www.OlatheKS.org/HumanRelations.


Olathe Library Savin’ of the Green Book Sale March 28-April 1
Released March 26, 2012
Don't miss the chance to purchase used and nearly new materials at cheap prices at the Olathe Public Library “Savin’ of the Green” Book Sale March 28 through April 1.   Many items such as fiction, mystery, romance, children/teens, and DVDs, will be available and sorted by categories. History, WWI and WWII, and Civil War items will be featured at the sale; however these items will not be available at the Sunday sack sale.

On March 28 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., members of the Friends of the Olathe may enter early for the Friends Preview Sale.  Memberships are available for purchase at the checkout desks at either Olathe library and will also be sold at the door. Memberships are $20/family; $10 adult; $7 student/senior 60+.

The sale opens to the public on March 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., March 30 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and March 31 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. On April 1 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. enjoy the Six Bucks a Sack Sale.  Purchase a plastic sack at the door and fill with materials.  Buy two, get two free. 

The sale will be held at the Indian Creek Branch, 12990 S. Black Bob Road.  Additional materials will be added throughout the sale as needed.  All sales are final and checks or cash are accepted. Due to space limitations, no strollers or book carts are allowed in the room. For more information, contact Community Relations Coordinator Rita Patterson at 913-971-6879.


Friday Filing Deadline for Ward 3 Vacancy
Released March 26, 2012
The Olathe City Council is currently accepting public service applications for the vacant Ward 3 City Council position.  The vacancy is the result of Ward 3 City Councilmember Ron Ryckman's appointment to fill the At-Large position vacated by former City Councilmember Bob Montgomery.  The individual appointed to fill the Ward 3 City Council position will serve through the end of the current term - April 2013.  Applications are considered open public records and will be received by the Olathe City Clerk until 5:00 p.m. on March 30, 2012.  The public service application form is available for submission online at www.OlatheKS.org/secure/Forms/PubServ.


This Edition of E-News - March 12, 2012:
• Tornado Safety Drill Scheduled for March 13
• Olathe Library Hosting Spring Break Activities for Youth of All Ages
• Mahaffie Offering Fun and Education Outdoor Activities This Week
• Council Accepting Applications for Ward 3 Vacancy; Ryckman Appointed to At-Large Seat
• State of the City Scheduled for March 23

City Council
Released March 12, 2012
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, March 20 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.


Tornado Safety Drill Scheduled for March 13
Released March 12, 2012
The National Weather Service will issue a simulated tornado watch and warning at 1:30 p.m., March 13, in conjunction with Severe Weather Awareness Week.  Residents and businesses are encouraged to practice severe weather plans and go to safe areas during the test on March 13. The NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather radio system will be activated and local emergency management agencies will sound the Outdoor Warning System. The City of Olathe provides and maintains 36 warning sirens within the city.

Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 12-16, is designed to prepare residents for severe weather that often strikes in Kansas and throughout the Midwest.

Olathe residents are encouraged to stay prepared for the threat of severe weather. Weather alert radios are one of the most effective means for early storm warning. For information on how to get a weather radio, see Project Community Alert information at www.marc.org/emergency/pca.htm. Olathe residents who follow www.Twitter.com/OlatheFire or like www.Facebook.com/OlatheFire can also receive National Weather Service alerts.

Additional preparedness information can be found in Olathe’s Safe Neighborhood Workbook: www.OlatheKs.org/Fire/Forms. Click on SAFE Neighborhood under Preparedness. The workbook is available in English, large print English and Spanish. Residents can also call 913-971-7900 for more information.


Olathe Library Hosting Spring Break Activities for Youth of All Ages
Released March 12, 2012
The Olathe Public Library is hosting a number of activities to entertain families during Spring Break, March 12 – 19.

  • Wii for Kids – Youth in grades 1-5 can play Wii games from the library’s collection at 1:30 pm, March 12 at the Indian Creek Branch Library.  Register by calling 913-971-6874. 
  • Spring Break Cookie Decorating Program – Youth up to sixth grade are invited to decorate cookies from on March 13 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Indian Creak Branch Library and on March 15 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the main library.   All supplies are provided and participants may come and go as they please.  Parents are invited.  No registration required.
  • Hunger Games Challenge - Teens in grades 6-12 can test their skills with archery, extreme survival trivia and more.  Dress in costume for a chance to win a prize.  The Program runs from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on March 15 at the Indian Creek Branch Library.  Register by calling 913-971-6888.
  • Olathe Anime Club - Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to discuss anime and manga, play anime computer games, and learn about Japanese culture on March 15 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch Library.  No registration is required.
  • R.E.A.D. to a Dog - Children of all ages may sign-up to read to a dog provided by Pets for Life, Inc. on March 17 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the main library.  Stop by Children’s Services upon arrival and sign up for a reading time available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Family Library Day - Preschoolers – 3rd graders can enjoy fun activities promoting reading, recycling, healthy eating and more.  The program, sponsored by the Olathe Teen Council, will run from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on March 19 at the main library.  No registration required. 

The Olathe Public Library is located at 201 E. Park and the Indian Creek Branch Library is located at 12990 S. Black Bob Road.  Both libraries are open Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.,  Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Mahaffie Offering Fun and Education Outdoor Activities This Week
Released March 12, 2012
Spring into the stagecoach!  The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site will be open this week with hands-on living history activities from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, Friday, March 16, and Saturday, March 17. The cellar of the historic 1860s stone farmhouse will feature historic interpreters cooking on the cookstove in the same space that once served as the dining room for stagecoach passengers. Stagecoach rides are available at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. and are included with the cost of admission. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for kids age 5-11.  Olathe residents receive $1 off each admission.  Visitors wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17, will also receive $1 off their admission.

Mahaffie will add demonstrations of the 19th Century dairy process to its wide variety of farming activities. A milking demonstration will take place daily at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. A calf bottle feeding demonstration is offered at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. The historic site acquired Millie, a milking short-horned cow, over the winter.  Millie will be milked as part of the site’s living history program.  The milk will be used in site programming demonstrations. The Mahaffies, and other 1860s families, owned several milk cows.  The milk was used to drink as well as to make butter, cheese, cream and more.  The 1865 census showed the Mahaffies owned 20 milk cows and produced 600 pounds of butter.  The butter was used by the family as well as in stagecoach stop cooking.

Blacksmith demonstrations will be offered daily. On Saturday, catch knitting demonstrations throughout thel day. Also on Saturday, a Stagecoach talk will be offered at 11:00 a.m. and a cooking talk will be offered at 1:00 p.m.

For more information, visit www.Mahaffie.org.


Council Accepting Applications for Ward 3 Vacancy; Ryckman Appointed to At-Large Seat
Released March 12, 2012
The Olathe City Council is currently accepting public service applications for the vacant Ward 3 City Council position.  The vacancy is the result of Ward 3 City Councilmember Ron Ryckman's appointment to fill the At-Large position vacated by former City Councilmember Bob Montgomery.  The individual appointed to fill the Ward 3 City Council position will serve through the end of the current term - April 2013.  Applications are considered open public records and will be received by the Olathe City Clerk until 5:00 p.m. on March 30, 2012.  The public service application form is available for submission online at www.OlatheKS.org/secure/Forms/PubServ.


State of the City Scheduled for March 23
Released March 12, 2012
Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland will deliver the State of the City on Friday, March 23, at the Olathe Holiday Inn.  The luncheon is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. and conclude at 1:00 p.m.  Tickets are available through the Olathe Chamber of Commerce, (913) 764-1050.


This Edition of E-News - March 5, 2012:
• State of the City Scheduled for March 23
• Mahaffie to Add Dairy Living History to Site Activities
• Pay it Forward Tour to Visit Olathe
• Olathe Parks and Recreation Offers Spring Break Basketball Camp
• Library Hosts Making Sports More Enjoyable for Our Kids: A 2012 Kansas Reads Program
• Council Accepting Applications for Ward 3 Vacancy; Ryckman Appointed to At-Large Seat
• Tornado Safety Drill Scheduled for March 13

City Council
Released March 5, 2012
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, March 6 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.


State of the City Scheduled for March 23
Released March 5, 2012
Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland will deliver the State of the City on Friday, March 23, at the Olathe Holiday Inn.  The luncheon is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. and conclude at 1:00 p.m.  Tickets are available through the Olathe Chamber of Commerce, (913) 764-1050.


Mahaffie to Add Dairy Living History to Site Activities
Released March 5, 2012
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm will add demonstrations of the 19th Century dairy process to its wide variety of farming activities offered at the historic site this spring.  The historic site acquired Millie, a milking short-horned cow, over the winter.  Millie will be milked as part of the site’s living history program.  The milk will be used in site programming demonstrations.

The Mahaffies, and other 1860s families, owned several milk cows.  The milk was used to drink as well as to make butter, cheese, cream and more.  The 1865 census showed the Mahaffies owned 20 milk cows and produced 600 pounds of butter.  The butter was used by the family as well as in stagecoach stop cooking.

Photos of Millie are available on the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop Facebook page.  Millie can be seen at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm on Saturdays and Sundays beginning March 17.


Pay it Forward Tour to Visit Olathe
Released March 5, 2012
Students from North Dakota State University and their advisors will converge on Olathe on Saturday, March 10, as part of a national college initiative to provide volunteers in communities across the country. Olathe is one of six stops for the group of 37 who will work on community projects organized by the City’s Park Maintenance Division and the City of Olathe’s Volunteers in the Park initiative.

On Sunday, March 11, students will take part in one of two park projects. Weather permitting, the group will begin the day at Arapahoe Park (near 119th and Black Bob) for clean-up. They will then travel to Ensor Park and Museum to paint the various barns throughout the historical site. If weather does not allow for painting, the group will assist in a trash clean-up around Lake Olathe.

“This volunteer group is the furthest we have had anyone travel to volunteer in our parks,” said Liz Newman, senior horticulturist. “Large volunteer groups like this North Dakota State group are great for our parks; it allows us to complete a large amount of work in a short amount of time.”

Volunteers in the Park is a citywide initiative to bring community organizations into the parks for large scale projects. To learn more about the program or for group volunteer opportunities, contact Liz Newman at 971-9720 or visit the Parks and Recreation website, www.OlatheKS.org/ParksRec.


Olathe Parks and Recreation Offers Spring Break Basketball Camp
Released March 5, 2012
Looking for a great way to keep the kids busy over spring break?  Register your son or daughter for the Olathe Parks and Recreation Spring Break Basketball Camp, March 12-15. The camp is a great way to hone existing skills and develop new skills while working to stay fit. The camp is open to boys and girls currently in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade.

“Our goal is to develop leadership and character traits in youth while teaching the game of basketball,” said Instructor Vernon Avant, Director of Olathe Hoops.

All sessions will be held at Millcreek Center, 311 E. Park. Register by calling the Recreation office at 971-8563 or visit www.OlatheKS.org/ParksRec.


Library Hosts Making Sports More Enjoyable for Our Kids: A 2012 Kansas Reads Program
Released March 5, 2012
When coaches are allowed to coach, parents and spectators are supportive, and athletes are allowed to play the game, sports can truly be a winning experience. 

The Indian Creek Branch Library (12990 S. Black Bob Road) will host a free Champions of Character presentation by Lori Thomas from the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) in conjunction with the 2012 Kansas Reads Project. This year’s selection for the state, Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen by Joe Drape, is a tribute to the power of building character in young athletes, rather than just pursuing a trophy.

The presentation is scheduled for Sunday, March 11, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is designed for 5th - 12th grade student athletes, parents, and coaches involved with youth programs. Registration is not required and refreshments will be served.  Find out more about Kansas Reads at www.kcfb.info/ourboys/index.html


Council Accepting Applications for Ward 3 Vacancy; Ryckman Appointed to At-Large Seat
Released March 5, 2012
The Olathe City Council is currently accepting public service applications for the vacant Ward 3 City Council position.  The vacancy is the result of Ward 3 City Councilmember Ron Ryckman's appointment to fill the At-Large position vacated by former City Councilmember Bob Montgomery.

Ryckman was appointed to fill the At-Large vacancy at a special session held on Tuesday, February 28.  Mayor Michael Copeland acknowledged the strong qualifications of the 12-applicant pool, noting that Olathe is a better place because of the candidates' involvement and desire to give back to their community. In nominating Ryckman for the At-Large appointment, Mayor Copeland stated, "We have the opportunity to fill this vacancy with someone who is currently elected by Olathe voters to serve on this Council.  I believe that Councilmember Ryckman has the depth of experience needed, both on the City Council and as a successful businessman and entrepreneur in our community."

Mayor Copeland expressed his appreciation to Montgomery for his service on the Council.  "All of us on the City Council wish to thank Councilmember Montgomery for his many years of outstanding service and lasting contributions to the City of Olathe as an At-Large Councilmember and now as a Kansas State Representative serving our 26th District," he said.

Montgomery will be honored at a farewell reception on March 28 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Ball Conference Center.

The individual appointed to fill the Ward 3 City Council position will serve through the end of the current term - April 2013.  Applications are considered open public records and will be received by the Olathe City Clerk until 5:00 p.m. on March 30, 2012.  The public service application form is available for submission online at www.OlatheKS.org/secure/Forms/PubServ.


Tornado Safety Drill Scheduled for March 13
Released March 5, 2012
The National Weather Service will issue a simulated tornado watch and warning at 1:30 p.m., March 13, in conjunction with Severe Weather Awareness Week.  Residents and businesses are encouraged to practice severe weather plans and go to safe areas during the test on March 13. The NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather radio system will be activated and local emergency management agencies will sound the Outdoor Warning System. The City of Olathe provides and maintains 36 warning sirens within the city.

Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 12-16, is designed to prepare residents for severe weather that often strikes in Kansas and throughout the Midwest.

Olathe residents are encouraged to stay prepared for the threat of severe weather. Weather alert radios are one of the most effective means for early storm warning. For information on how to get a weather radio, see Project Community Alert information at www.marc.org/emergency/pca.htm. Olathe residents who follow www.Twitter.com/OlatheFire or like www.Facebook.com/OlatheFire can also receive National Weather Service alerts.

Additional preparedness information can be found in Olathe’s Safe Neighborhood Workbook: www.OlatheKs.org/Fire/Forms. Click on SAFE Neighborhood under Preparedness. The workbook is available in English, large print English and Spanish. Residents can also call 913-971-7900 for more information.