Olathe News Briefs

This Edition of E-News - May 29, 2012:
• Free Mahaffie Family Fun Nights Start Thursday, June 7
• 13th Annual FREE Summer Concert Series Begins June 8
• Touch-A-Truck, Etc. Partners With Childhood Cancer Walk
• Downtown Olathe Celebrates the Arts
• Red Cross Battle of the Badges June 8
• Olathe Receives Historic Preservation Grant
• Youth Volunteer Week Offers Several Service Opportunities

City Council
Released May 29. 2012
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, June 5 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.


Free Mahaffie Family Fun Nights Start Thursday, June 7
Released May 29, 2012
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Rd., will offer Family Fun Nights from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. each Thursday night in June and July.  The open late events feature free admission and a fee applies to some special activities including stagecoach rides. 

Visitors can participate in hands-on activities associated with 1860s history. The first 100 visitors can collect a different Wild West Character trading card.  Attend each week to collect all eight.

  • Cowboy Night - June 7
  • 1860s Recreation and Horse Power – June 14
  • Modern Marvels/19th Century Technology - June 21
  • 19th Century Fireworks – June 28
  • Hit the Trails – July 5
  • Border War Showcase – July 12
  • Kansas Farming - July 19 and July 26

Thursday, June 7, Family Fun Night visitors will learn about the life of a cowboy, rope a “steer”, use a real branding iron, and take a stagecoach ride.  The blacksmith shop will be open and staff will be cooking chuckwagon style as the cowboys once did.

On Tuesday, June 5, Mahaffie will also participate in the Olathe Chick-fil-A Family Fun Night.  Kids eat free at Chick-fil-A with each adult combo purchase and Mahaffie will feature activities from Kansas Cowboys.

The Mahaffie historic site is open with living history activities and stagecoach rides 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4:00 p.m.  For a complete listing of events, visit www.mahaffie.org or call (913) 971-5111.


13th Annual FREE Summer Concert Series Begins June 8
Released May 29, 2012
The City of Olathe and Farmers are proud to present the 2012 FREE Summer Concert Series. Families and music enthusiasts will enjoy award-winning artists for five Fridays throughout the summer at Frontier Park.  The season kicks off on Friday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m. with Samantha Fish, “Debut Artist of the Year” at the 2012 Blues Academy Awards opening for Royal Southern Brotherhood.

Arrive early to find your favorite spot, visit the concession stand (all proceeds go to local charities) and to visit our sponsor booths. The 2012 season is sponsored by Farmers, Applebee’s, SureWest, Olathe Toyota/Scion, Olathe Ford RV and Smokin’ Joes.

To view the entire FREE Summer Concert Series visit the Olathe FREE Summer Concert Facebook Page.


Touch-A-Truck, Etc. Partners With Childhood Cancer Walk
Released May 29, 2012
Olathe Parks and Recreation is teaming up with the Braden's Hope Walk for Childhood Cancer on Saturday, June 9. Kids of all ages are invited to the free Touch-A-Truck event from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Frontier Park. Attendees will have a chance to climb on and discover everything from a fire truck to a spade truck to a stagecoach and more! Be sure to bring the camera to catch the excitement! Touch-A-Truck is open to the public, and attendees can also register to participate in the walk or purchase a game and food pass at www.bradenshope.org.


Downtown Olathe Celebrates the Arts
Released May 29, 2012
Historic downtown Olathe will soon play host to visual artists from across the region.  The Second Annual Downtown Olathe Arts Festival is scheduled for June 9 and 10 at the intersection of Park and Cherry Streets in downtown Olathe.  The juried art festival features over 90 visual artists including emerging artists and artists with disabilities.  The event will also include live, local musical entertainment, Little Masters Big Art children’s activity tent, and a variety of food and concessions. 

The festival is a collaborative effort by volunteer organizers, the City of Olathe, and the generous support of area businesses.  Festival hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, and 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 10. 

Visit www.DowntownOlatheArtsFestival.org for more information, including opportunities to volunteer, donate or sponsor the event.


Red Cross Battle of the Badges June 8
Released May 29, 2012
On June 8, the Olathe Police and Fire Departments will host the Red Cross Battle of the Badges Blood Drive. This drive will be held at the Olathe Fire Administration Building, 1225 S. Hamilton Circle, and will run from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Hometown heroes know first-hand the importance of donating blood to help in emergency situations. This is your chance to be a part of the team! Anyone can get involved by donating blood and voting for a favorite team. The winning team will be awarded a traveling trophy and the chief of the losing department’s team will have to wash the winning chief’s car.

Patients throughout the Missouri - Illinois region are also winners because they get the potentially life-saving blood they need to survive. Three people’s lives will be saved by every pint of blood that is donated, so consider becoming a hero yourself.

To make an appointment for Battle of the Badges, log onto www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: OlatheBOB.


Olathe Receives Historic Preservation Grant
Released May 29, 2012
The Kansas Historic Sites Board of Review recently recommended funding for the development of a Preservation Plan in the amount of $20,618 to the City of Olathe’s Historic Preservation Board.   A Preservation Plan is a valuable reference tool of suggested guidelines based on a community’s needs and goals.  This project aligns with the City’s Comprehensive Plan specifically to develop a Preservation Plan for Olathe, establishing the community’s goals for historic properties.

The Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grant finances local preservation activities that will contribute to planning for the preservation of environmental and archeological resources. Up to 60 percent of the cost of eligible activities can be funded through this program. Through property identification and evaluation, communities may assess their historic properties and develop plans for their recognition and preservation.  For grant information, including other communities awarded, visit www.kshs.org/p/historic-preservation-fund/14615.


Youth Volunteer Week Offers Several Service Opportunities
Released May 29, 2012
Olathe Parks and Recreation is gearing up for Youth Volunteer Week, June 4-8. This program is designed for middle school and high school ages to get out in the parks and earn service hours. Projects and locations will vary each day.  Volunteer groups will meet at the project site at 8:00 a.m. each morning and finish at noon.  Contact the Parks and Recreation office at 913-971-8653 to register and reference the five digit code when calling. Program Schedule:

  • Monday, June 4, 2012---21499:  Prairie Center Park, 555 N. Olathe View Rd.  General grounds maintenance.
  • Tuesday, June 5, 2012---21500:  Heritage Center, 1200 N. Kansas City Rd.  General grounds maintenance and gardening.
  • Wednesday, June 6, 2012---21501:  Olathe Memorial Cemetery, 738 N. Chestnut St.  Paint perimeter fence, general grounds maintenance.
  • Thursday, June 7, 2012---21502:  Black Bob Park, 14500 W. 151st St. General grounds maintenance.
  • Friday, June 8, 2012---21503:  Two Trails Park, 1000 N. Ridgeview Rd.  Paint and general grounds maintenance.

This Edition of E-News - May 21, 2012:
• Memorial Day Schedule:  TRASH AND CURBSIDE RECYCLING SCHEDULE NOT IMPACTED
• Olathe Libraries Closed
• Pools Open for 2012 Season
• Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War to Host Memorial Day Service
• Youth Volunteer Week Offers Several Service Opportunities
• Click It or Ticket May 21 Through June 3
• Who Turned Out the Lights?
• Mahaffie Summer Season Promotes Family Fun
• Olathe Public Library Summer Reading Kick-Off
• Summer Reading Kick-Off Book Sale

City Council
Released May 21, 2012
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, June 5 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.


Memorial Day Schedule:  TRASH AND CURBSIDE RECYCLING SCHEDULE NOT IMPACTED
Released May 21, 2012
City of Olathe offices will be closed on Monday, May 28 for the Memorial Day Holiday.  Trash and recycling collection will not be impacted.


Olathe Libraries Closed
Released May 21, 2012
The Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park and the Indian Creek Branch Library will be closed Sunday, May 27 and Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day.


Pools Open for 2012 Season
Released May 21, 2012
The City of Olathe will open its pool season Saturday, May 26 at 12:30 p.m. Black Bob Bay, Frontier Trail and Oregon Trail will operate daily from 12:30-8:00 p.m. Mill Creek Pool is open Monday through Friday from 12:30-5:00 p.m. and 12:30-8:00 pm. on Saturday and Sunday.  This season will bring back Camp Out at the Bay on June 16, early Parent/Tot swim at Oregon Trail and Black Bob Bay and River Walk at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights also at Black Bob Bay. Visit  www.olatheks.org/parksrec for periodic reduced pool hours and special events or call Nichole Asquith, 913-971-8643.


Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War to Host Memorial Day Service
Released May 21, 2012
The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Franklin Camp #5, will honor four World War II veterans during a 45 minute ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 26 at Olathe Memorial Cemetery.
Honorees include:

  • Wounded veteran PFC Delbert Stone of Junction City, KS served in the 1st Marine Corp Division in the battle of Okinawa where he was wounded and lost an arm.
  • Veteran Cpl Don Means of Overland Park served in the US Army Air Transport Command at Hickam Field, Hawaii as a machinist.
  • Signalman Walter Johnson of Overland Park served in the US Navy on an escort carrier that came under attack and was hit by kamikazes.
  • Sgt Ed Wentworth of Lenexa served in the Army Air Corp in the China, Burma, India theatre of war.
  • “Rosie the Rivets” served locally in a defense plant in Kansas City manufacturing airplane engines.

“The ranks of our WWII veterans are growing thin and we want to be able to honor the few that are remaining while we still can,” said Lane Smith, commander of the Franklin #5 Camp.  “At the closing of the service there will be a wreath laying ceremony to honor all those who did not come back.”


Youth Volunteer Week Offers Several Service Opportunities
Released May 21, 2012
Olathe Parks and Recreation is gearing up for Youth Volunteer Week, June 4-8. This program is designed for middle school and high school ages to get out in the parks and earn service hours. Projects and locations will vary each day.  Volunteer groups will meet at the project site at 8:00 a.m. each morning and finish at noon.  Contact the Parks and Recreation office at 913-971-8653 to register and reference the five digit code when calling..Program Schedule:
Monday, June 4, 2012---21499:  Prairie Center Park, 555 N. Olathe View Rd.  General grounds maintenance.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012---21500:  Heritage Center, 1200 N. Kansas City Rd.  General grounds maintenance and gardening.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012---21501:  Olathe Memorial Cemetery, 738 N. Chestnut St.  Paint perimeter fence, general grounds maintenance.
Thursday, June 7, 2012---21502:  Black Bob Park, 14500 W. 151st St. General grounds maintenance.
Friday, June 8, 2012---21503:  Two Trails Park, 1000 N. Ridgeview Rd.  Paint and general grounds maintenance.


Click It or Ticket May 21 Through June 3
Released May 21, 2012
Drivers can expect increased police presence on Olathe’s streets as the Olathe Police Department joins over 150 other law enforcement agencies in aggressively enforcing Kansas occupant restraint and other traffic laws as part of the 2012 Kansas Click It or Ticket traffic enforcement campaign. This activity is supported by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT).

Expect strict enforcement of the Safety Belt Use and Child Passenger Safety Acts, requiring that all occupants must be appropriately restrained.  Occupants ages 14 and over are cited individually. In the event that a passenger under the age of 14 is unrestrained, the driver will be cited. Children under the age of 4 must be secured in an approved child safety seat. Children ages 4 through 7 must be securely belted into an approved booster seat unless taller than 4 feet 9 inches or heavier than 80 pounds. Children ages 8 through 13 must be safety-belted. In addition, the act prohibits persons under the age of 14 from riding in any part of a vehicle not intended for carrying passengers, such as a pickup bed.

The aim of Click It or Ticket is to drastically reduce the number of preventable deaths and injuries that occur when unbelted drivers and passengers are involved in traffic crashes. According to KDOT’s Traffic Safety section, over two-thirds of those killed in crashes are not belted in. Just as striking is the fact that about 89 percent of crash survivors who suffer no injuries are belted in. An unrestrained occupant has only about an 11% chance of not being injured in a crash. Take two seconds to buckle up!

According to Olathe Police Department Traffic Unit Supervisor Sgt. Williams, “Everyone knows there are seat belt laws and seat belts and child safety seats save lives, and reduce injury, as well as hold down health care costs for all of us. But too many drivers play the odds and don’t buckle up or require their passengers to buckle up because, in their experience, a crash is unlikely. Disaster can strike the best driver
out of nowhere. I want people to know that the Olathe Police Department is committed to aggressively ticketing violators of seat belt and child safety laws, and all other traffic infractions that make our streets and highways unsafe.”


Who Turned Out the Lights?
Released May 21, 2012
All streetlights on the south side of Santa Fe from Kansas City Road to the west railroad tracks have been removed for the contractor to begin improvements to the Santa Fe Streetscape project. 

Starting in 2-3 weeks, streetlights along the north side of Santa Fe will also begin to come down.  Until new lights are installed, in approximately 4-6 months, Santa Fe will be predominately dark.  Luminaries located on the signal at Chestnut St. and side street lights will still be operational.  While the temporary inconvenience is regrettable; completion of the Santa Fe Streetscape promises many benefits to the community.  For Santa Fe Streetscape Project information visit http://www.olatheks.org/PublicWorks/Construction/SantaFeStreetscape.


Mahaffie Summer Season Promotes Family Fun
Released May 21, 2012
The summer season officially begins at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Rd ,with living history activities and stagecoach rides starting on Friday, May 25 and continuing Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 4:00 p.m..  Beyond regular hours, Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm offers many special events throughout the summer.

• Family Fun Nights – Mahaffie is open 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday nights in June and July.  Each week visitors will enjoy a variety of activities focused on this summer’s themes: Cowboy Night - June 7; 1860s Recreation and Horse Power – June 14; Modern Marvels - June 21; Hit the Trails – July 5; Civil War - July 12 and Kansas Farming - July 19; Kansas Wheat Harvest - July 26.  Family Fun Nights feature free admission.  Special activities like stagecoach rides are $2/person.

• 19th Century Fireworks and Olathe Civic Band Concert - Thursday, June 28; 5:00 p.m.
Join the Olathe Civic Band for a concert at 7:30 p.m. followed by 19th Century fireworks by the Olathe Fire Department.  Show your American pride and bring your decorated bike/stroller/wagon.  Bring your lawn chairs, blanket and picnic dinner to enjoy this patriotic celebration.  Fireworks will begin at dark.  Free admission; special activities like stagecoach rides are $2/person.

• Day Out with Frank and Ella – Preschools, day cares, and other youth groups or individuals are invited to attend these drop-in summer fun sessions Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon or Thursdays from noon to 3:00 p.m. in June and July. Participants will enjoy a different theme each week with hands on activities, crafts and a stagecoach ride (paying youth only). Registration is encouraged but not required. To register call (913) 971-5111. Cost is $5/youth; accompanying adults are admitted free. 

For a complete listing of events visit www.mahaffie.org or call (913) 971-5111.


Olathe Public Library Summer Reading Kick-Off
Released May 21, 2012
Pick up your summer reading folder and enjoy games, worm races, temporary tattoos, and more from 10:00 a.m. to noon on May 29 at Frontier Park, Black Bob Road and Indian Creek Parkway.  All ages are invited to attend.  In case of rain, the event is cancelled.


Summer Reading Kick-Off Book Sale
Released May 21, 2012
Pick up your summer reading at reasonable prices at the used book sale from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on May 29 at the Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road.  The sale will continue on May 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with the Six Bucks a Sack Sale from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Buy 2 sacks, get 2 free.

Choose from children/teens, music, travel, diet/nutrition, cookbooks, inspiration, mystery, fiction, humor, large print, romance, CDs/DVDs and much more.  All materials are sorted by category. All sales are final and cash or check is accepted.  Due to space limitations, no strollers or book carts are allowed in the room.  The sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Olathe Public Library.


This Edition of E-News - May 14, 2012:
• Spots Still Available for Mahaffie Croquet Tournament June 1: Teams Forming Now!
• Connect with the City of Olathe
• Memorial Day Schedule:  TRASH AND CURBSIDE RECYCLING SCHEDULE NOT IMPACTED

City Council
Released May 14, 2012
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, May 15 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.


Spots Still Available for Mahaffie Croquet Tournament June 1: Teams Forming Now!
Released May 14, 2012
Teams are forming now for the third annual Mahaffie Sunflower Wickets croquet tournament.  This unique event, hosted by the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Foundation, supports the preservation, programming and promotion of the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site located at 1200 Kansas City Road.

Sunflower Wickets is scheduled for Friday, June 1 at Stagecoach Park, located across the street from the Mahaffie historic site.  The event begins at 11:30 a.m. with registration at the Heritage Center followed by a champagne luncheon at noon. Croquet play in Stagecoach Park follows, with the awards ceremony at approximately 3:30 p.m. in the Heritage Center. Prizes will be awarded to the top four finishing teams.
Croquet was a popular inexpensive sport throughout the country in the mid-19th Century.

Two-person teams are now forming.  For more information about forming a team or tournament sponsorship opportunities, contact Mahaffie at (913) 971-5111. Special thanks to the Missouri Croquet Association for their assistance with the event.


Connect with the City of Olathe
Released May 14, 2012
Follow Olathe news and information and join the conversation in our social network.  “Like” the City’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CityofOlatheKS.  Keep up with City of Olathe news and events by following us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/OlatheGovNews.  Receive mobile alerts and advisories from the Olathe Police Department, powered by Nixle, by texting your zip code to 888-777.  Standard text message rates apply. 


Memorial Day Schedule:  TRASH AND CURBSIDE RECYCLING SCHEDULE NOT IMPACTED
Released May 14, 2012
City of Olathe offices will be closed on Monday, May 28 for the Memorial Day Holiday.  Trash and Recycling collection will not be impacted.


This Edition of E-News - May 7, 2012:
• Yard Waste Drop-off Available to Residents with Storm Debris
• Student Focus Groups to Provide Input into 2013 Budget Process
• Plowin, Plantin’ and Playing on the Prairie at Mahaffie May 12
• Sign Sweep Results
• Drug Take-Back Event Produces Record Numbers

City Council Special Call Session
Released May 7, 2012
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, May 8 at 5:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a special call session to consider candidates for appointment to the vacant Ward 3 City Council seat.  This is the only item on the agenda.


Yard Waste Drop-off Available to Residents with Storm Debris
Released May 7, 2012
The City’s composting facility, located at 127th and Hedge Lane, is open between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday at no cost to Olathe residents who must bring identification and a utility bill to the facility. Commercial customers and non-residents are subject to a fee based on quantity. For more information on the City’s Yard Waste Drop-off and Composting Facility please visit www.OlatheKS.org/secure/Forms/YardWaste.


Student Focus Groups to Provide Input into 2013 Budget Process
Released May 7, 2012
The 2013 budget planning process is underway and the City of Olathe is engaging its youth population to provide input on community focus areas ranging from transportation to public safety.  Approximately 50 secondary and college students representing schools across Olathe will participate in facilitated focus group discussions on Tuesday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Fire Administration Building (1225 S. Hamilton Circle).  The Mayor will welcome the students to the event before the focus groups begin.  For more information on the 2013 budget planning process, visit www.OlatheKS.org/Finance/Budget/BudPlan.


Plowin, Plantin’ and Playing on the Prairie at Mahaffie May 12
Released May 7, 2012
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Road, will join with the Olathe Junior Service League for the annual Plowin’, Plantin’ and Playing on the Prairie event from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 12.  Visitors will experience spring time on an 1860s farm and the Olathe Junior Service League will provide a free book for every child as they are combining their annual kick-off of summer reading with the Spring Plowing event at Mahaffie.

Confirmed activities include crop preparation, field plowing with horse power, cooking demonstrations on Mrs. Mahaffie’s stove, stagecoach rides and more.  Weather permitting, other activities may include a Trading Post, storytelling, leather braiding, rain sticks, Indian Dancers, leather stamping, Mahaffie garden planting, Alpaca visits and games. Admission is FREE; stagecoach rides are $1/person ages 3 and up. Visit www.mahaffie.org for more information and to download a memory book of the event.


Recent Sweep Nets 267 Signs
Released May 7, 2012
City staff removed 267 signs that were illegally placed on public property, including right-of-way and medians during a sign sweep conducted on Friday, May 4. Signs illegally placed in public areas are an eye sore; they can obstruct driver view of oncoming traffic and pose problems 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.  In addition to sign sweeps, the City will begin issuing notices to appear in Municipal Court to repeat offenders, where fines and fees may be assessed by the municipal judge.

Spring is garage sale season, including many neighborhood sales.  Remember, all garage sale signs may be placed on the property where the sale is held or on other private properties. Garage sale signs may not be placed on the street right-of-way, medians or utility poles and signs must be removed from private property immediately after the end of the sale. For more information about the City of Olathe sign ordinance, visit www.OlatheKS.org.


Drug Take-Back Event Produces Record Numbers
Released May 7, 2012
The Olathe Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) collected 136 pounds of unwanted, unused or expired prescription medication at the April 28 National Drug Take-Back Event at Olathe City Hall.  Total collection for the state of Kansas more than doubled over the previous event, from a collection total of 3809 pounds in October 2011 to 8753 pounds in April 2012.  Nationally, the event collected a record 276 tons of medications for safe and proper disposal.

The Take-Back event addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.  Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines -- flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash -- pose potential safety and health hazards. For more information about the National Take-Back Initiative, visit http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/.