Olathe News Release - 03/25/2013

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This Edition of e-News:

  • Google Fiber Coming to Olathe
  • Mahaffie, Olathe Libraries Closed for Easter Holiday
  • Cy Middleton Memorial Basketball Tournament March 30

City Council
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, April 2 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.


Google Fiber Coming to Olathe
Ever since Google announced plans to bring ultra-high-speed internet services to the metro area, Olathe residents have eagerly anticipated its availability in Olathe.  The wait is over.

On March 19, the City Council unanimously voted to approve an agreement with Google to deploy Google Fiber, an ultra-high-speed, fiber-to-the-home network. 

“We are excited to work in partnership with Google to bring this next-generation fiber optic system to Olathe homes, schools and businesses,” said Mayor Michael Copeland. 

Google Fiber offers an internet connection speed 100 times faster than today’s average broadband, paired with crystal clear high definition TV.

As in area cities, Google will build the Olathe Google Fiber network by demand, meaning that determined “fiberhoods” will get Google Fiber service once pre-registration goals are met.

To read Google’s Olathe expansion announcement, visit http://googlefiberblog.blogspot.com/. For more about Google Fiber, including a map to track its status in Olathe, visit www.google.com/fiber.


Mahaffie, Olathe Libraries Closed for Easter Holiday
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop, 1200 Kansas City Road, will be closed Sunday, March 31 for the Easter holiday.  The site will be open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 30 for visitors to enjoy exhibits and children’s activities in the Heritage Center. For more information about the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and other spring and summer events, including Spring Home School Day, Brownie Girl Scout Day, and the youth hands-on horse driving clinic, visit www.mahaffie.org.

Both Olathe libraries will close on Sunday, March 31, in observance of the Easter holiday.  Visit www.olathelibrary.org for regular operating hours. 


Cy Middleton Memorial Basketball Tournament March 30
The Olathe Police Department will sponsor the sixth annual Cy Middleton Memorial Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 30 at Olathe North High School.  The annual event is named in honor of Officer Cy Middleton who served his community as an Olathe Police Officer for seven years until he lost his battle with cancer in December 2007.

A total of eight teams from Johnson and Wyandotte Counties will compete.  The opening ceremony for the tournament starts at 8:00 a.m. in the main gymnasium at Olathe North.  Other activities include a bake sale, silent auction and a barbeque lunch. 

Over the last five years, the event has raised over $45,000 for medical bills, scholarships and a donation to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA). This year’s proceeds will benefit three area law enforcement families. Donations can also be sent to:

Cy Middleton Benefit Fund
C/O Enterprise Bank and Trust
P.O. Box 1500
Olathe, KS 66051

For more information about the tournament, contact Sgt. Brian Wessling at (913) 971-7811.

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