BNSF will be closing several Olathe railroad crossings this week for maintenance. These closures will run from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the following scheduled dates, weather permitting:
• Thursday, August 27: Crossing at W. Santa Fe
• Thursday, August 27: Crossing at W. Park Street
• Friday, August 28: Crossing at W. Loula Street
• Friday, August 28: Crossing at W. Elm Street
A new location has been selected for the Westside Drop-off Recycling Center. Walmart has provided a new, permanent space at 395 N. K-7 Hwy. in the southeast corner of the parking lot. Visit /OMS/Recycling to learn more about items accepted.
The Kansas Department of Transportation will close northbound and southbound I-35 at the I-435 interchange starting at 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28, re-opening at 5 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 31.
The City of Olathe recently completed its first two-year budget process. On Tuesday, Aug. 18, the City Council formally adopted the 2016 budget and conditionally approved the 2017 budget. The 2016-2020 Capital Improvement Program and 2016-2017 Fee Resolution were also approved. For more information visit OlatheKS.org/Finance/Budget/BudPlan .
From five teams to three, chefs from the Olathe Public Schools Culinary Arts program will compete for scholarships in the final round of the COUNTRY Financial Chef Challenge at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Olathe Community Center Farmers’ Market location.
Bring your dog(s) for some fun swim time at Black Bob Bay from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
Stagecoach Park is getting wild on Saturday, Sept. 26 with a new Wild West Obstacle 5K run. Runners will take on the “Wild West” with fun obstacles placed throughout the 5K course.
The City of Olathe will hold the inaugural Olathe Charities 5K on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Frontier Park, benefitting local charities.
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop features 1860s Living History Wednesdays-Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Activities may include cookstove and blacksmith demonstrations, stagecoach rides, visiting the Mahaffie House and the Agricultural Heritage Livestock Barn, and exhibits in the Heritage Center.
Mayor Michael Copeland’s children’s reading initiative, “I Read with Mayor Mike,” will begin the 11th year in Olathe’s ten Title I elementary schools this fall. The literacy program is welcoming two new sponsors: the Cintas Corporation and Olathe Whole Foods Market.
Each year, Mayor Copeland reads to Title I first graders, emphasizing that reading is an important part of good citizenship that brings lifelong rewards. Students receive a paperback book, book bag, and sticker, all funded by program sponsors.