Olathe News Briefs

This Edition of E-News - June 27, 2011
• The Bang on Fireworks in Olathe  (MEDIA DEMONSTRATION JULY 1)
• Celebrate July 4th With Olathe’s Fireworks Display
• Celebrate Freedom at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site
• Friday Summer Concert Features Sam Bush with Special Guests Brewer & Shipley
• State Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property Returns Tour Visits Olathe June 28
• Budget to be Presented July 5
• July 4th Holiday Schedule:  Trash and Recycling Not Impacted
• Olathe Libraries Closed for Independence Day

City Council
Released June 27, 2011
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, July 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session.  Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGTN (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.


The Bang on Fireworks in Olathe
Released June 27, 2011
According to the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office, fireworks caused 191 reported injuries in Kansas over a seasonal period spanning the Fourth of July in 2010. Sparklers, a holiday favorite, burn at temperatures of up to 1800º Fahrenheit - that’s as hot as volcano lava! In an effort to keep you and your family safe, the possession, sale or use of fireworks in Olathe is prohibited.

Professional fireworks displays add enjoyment to many holidays. To keep you and your family safe this Fourth of July we recommend leaving the fireworks to the professionals. Professionals take extensive safety precautions and follow many regulations when creating such spectacular displays. Olathe’s public fireworks display is July 4 at dusk, about 9:30 p.m., at the Great Mall of the Great Plains (I-35 and 151st Street).

“Let’s have a safe and patriotic holiday by leaving fireworks to the professionals,” said Olathe Fire Chief Jeff DeGraffenreid.

Members of the media are invited to join the Olathe Fire Department for a fireworks hazard demonstration on Friday, July 1 at 10:00 a.m. at the Olathe Fire Department Administration building (1225 S. Hamilton Circle).

Visuals include:
♦ The power of a sparkler
♦ The power of fireworks powder
♦ The power of a M80 using a watermelon
♦ The power of a consumer mortar shell using a watermelon
♦ The power of an improperly loaded consumer mortar shell

Sound bites available from:
♦ Burn professionals from the Burnett Burn Center at the University of Kansas Hospital
♦ Olathe Fire Department bomb technician and fire investigator.

For more information about fireworks, visit www.OlatheKs.org/fire/works.


Celebrate July 4th with Olathe’s Fireworks Display
Released June 27, 2011
The City of Olathe’s Fourth of July Fireworks display is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. on July 4 at the Great Mall of the Great Plains.  The display is anticipated to last between 15 and 20 minutes.  In the event of rain, the display will be held on July 5.


Celebrate Freedom at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site
Released June 27, 2011
Celebrate freedom at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site.  Located at 1200 Kansas City Road, the historic site will be open with special activities Thursday, June 30, and Saturday, July 2.  Regular site activities will be available on Sunday, July 3.  Attendees are encouraged to show their patriotic pride by decorating bikes, strollers or wagons. 

Kickoff  4th of July on Thursday, June 30th.  Enjoy 19th Century fireworks and an Olathe Civic Band patriotic concert beginning at 7:30 p.m.  The 19th Century fireworks display by the Olathe Fire Department will begin at dark.  Attendees are welcomed to bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner.  Admission is free, with fees for special activities such as stagecoach rides.  Pie, ice cream, lemonade, and root beer will be available for purchase.

As a special feature on June 30, Frederick A. Krebs, sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council, will speak about 19th Century Baseball at 8:30 p.m. From the 1860s to the 1960s, minor league and town team baseball built a framework of shared values that strengthened Kansas communities. This presentation will display memorabilia and participants are encouraged to bring their stories of local baseball before 1960.

Mahaffie will celebrate Independence Day 19th Century Style with their annual event from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 2.  Join in the historic activities including the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence followed by the traditional firing of the cannon at noon.  The annual 19th Century baseball game will start at 2:00 p.m. and feature a competition between Mahaffie’s stagecoach drivers and a local team made-up of Olathe North High School alumni. Enjoy live music by the Gum Springs Serenaders from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Admission is free; however, a fee will be charged for special activities such as stagecoach rides.  Pie, ice cream, lemonade, and root beer will be available for purchase. 

The site will observe normal operations on Sunday, July 3, from noon to 4:00 p.m. with stagecoach rides and living history interpretation focusing on 1860s recreation activities.


Friday Summer Concert Features Sam Bush with Special Guests Brewer & Shipley
Released June 27, 2011
The 2011 Summer Concert Series continues Friday, July 1, with bluegrass performer Sam Bush.  American folk rock music duo Brewer & Shipley will open the show at 7:00 p.m. at Frontier Park, 15501 Indian Creek Parkway.  The summer concert series is in its twelfth year of providing free family entertainment.  To learn more about the 2011 Olathe FREE Summer Concert Series and scheduled performances, visit www.olatheks.org/ParksRec/Events/SummerConcerts.


State Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property Returns Tour Visits Olathe June 28
Released June 27, 2011
Kansas State Treasurer Ron Estes’ office is currently safeguarding over $220 million of unclaimed property for the rightful owners or their heirs.

As a part of the Treasurer’s “Unclaimed Property Returns” tour Treasurer Estes and staff members will be providing free unclaimed property searches at Olathe City Hall, 100 East Santa Fe Street on Tuesday, June 28 between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

“We encourage everyone in the area to stop by and check their name and the names of family and friends,” said Estes.  “In this economy everyone could use a little help and we feel it is important to be sure that these resources get back to the rightful owners.  The Unclaimed Property Returns tour is a wonderful opportunity for us to connect Kansans with cash and property currently being held by our office for free,” Estes explained.

Unclaimed property includes inactive savings and checking accounts, uncashed checks, stock shares and bonds, dividend checks, insurance proceeds, mineral royalties and utility deposits.  In addition to cash, stocks and bonds, safe deposit boxes are also turned over to the State Treasurer’s office. There are currently over 15,000 safe deposit box properties on file. Approximately 600 new boxes are turned over to the treasurer’s office each year.

Making a claim is free and easy. There are no fees involved in searching for or claiming cash and property. To search, a last name is required and a first name is recommended. Kansans who can’t make it to Olathe City Hall on Tuesday, June 28 may call the State Treasurer’s office at 1-800-432-0386 or log onto www.KansasCash.com to search for unclaimed property.


Budget to be Presented July 5
Released June 27, 2011
City Manager Michael Wilkes will present his proposed general fund budget to the City Council during the Tuesday, July 5 meeting.  The public is encouraged to attend the meeting and follow the budget process.  Further information about the city’s budget, including opportunities to become involved or follow the process, is available in the budget section of the City’s website.


4th of July Holiday Schedule
Released June 27, 2011
City offices will be closed on Monday July 4 to mark the Independence Day holiday.  Residential trash and recycling collection schedules will not be impacted.


Olathe Libraries Closed for Independence Day
Released June 27, 2011
The Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park, and the Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road, will be closed Monday, July 4.
 


This Edition of E-News - June 20, 2011:
• Stay Up-To-Date on Olathe’s Growth
• 19th Century Farming Featured at Free Mahaffie Event Thursday
• Celebrate Freedom at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site
• Customer Service Window Closed Wednesday

City Council
Released June 20, 2011
The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, June 21, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session.  Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGTN (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.


Stay Up-To-Date on Olathe’s Growth
Released June 20, 2011
Olathe continues to be one of America’s fastest growing cities, with 35.4% population growth over the past decade according to the 2010 Census.  Stay informed about where that growth is happening and view Olathe’s demographic trends in the latest edition of the City of Olathe "Demographics and Development Report”.  The report is available on the Development page of the City’s website.  In addition, subscribe to e-news to receive current reports and updates.


19th Century Farming Featured at Free Mahaffie Event Thursday
Released June 20, 2011
In addition to being a historic stagecoach stop, the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop is also a working 19th Century farm.  Visitors can experience 19th Century farming practices at the historic site’s Family Fun Night Thursday, June 23.  The historic site, 1200 Kansas City Rd., will be open with free admission from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Learn about crops the Mahaffie’s grew and methods they used.  Visitors can make a hook to take home in the blacksmith shop or grind corn to feed the farm animals for a small fee.  Visitors also can help saw wood, enjoy 19th Century children’s games and see what's cooking on Mrs. Mahaffie's stove.  Stagecoach rides around the site are available; with a suggested $2 per person donation.

The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm will host free Family Fun Nights every Thursday night in June and July featuring free admission and stagecoach rides.  A fee applies to some special activities.  Visitors can participate in hands-on activities associated with a different aspect of 1860s history. New this year, the first 100 visitors can collect a different Mahaffie animal trading card.  Attend each week to collect all eight.  Remaining events:
• Cowboy Night - July 7
• Civil War  - July 14
• 19th Century Technology - July 21
• Kansas Farming - July 28

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


Celebrate Freedom at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site
Released June 20, 2011
Celebrate freedom at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site.  Located at 1200 Kansas City Road, the historic site will be open with special activities Thursday, June 30, and Saturday, July 2.  Regular site activities will be available on Sunday, July 3.  Attendees are encouraged to show their patriotic pride by decorating bikes, strollers or wagons.

Kickoff  4th of July on Thursday, June 30th.  Enjoy 19th Century fireworks and an Olathe Civic Band patriotic concert beginning at 7:30 p.m.   The 19th Century fireworks display by the Olathe Fire Department will begin at dark.  Attendees are welcomed to bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner.  Admission is free, with fees for special activities such as stagecoach rides.  Pie, ice cream, lemonade, and root beer will be available for purchase.

As a special feature June 30, Frederick A. Krebs, sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council, will speak about 19th Century Baseball at 8:30 p.m.  From the 1860s to the 1960s, minor league and town team baseball built a framework of shared values that strengthened Kansas communities. This presentation will display memorabilia and participants are encouraged to bring their stories of local baseball before 1960.

Mahaffie will celebrate Independence Day 19th Century Style with their annual event from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 2.  Join in the historic activities including the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence followed by the traditional firing of the cannon at noon.  The annual 19th Century baseball game will start at 2:00 p.m. and feature a competition between Mahaffie’s stagecoach drivers and a local team made-up of Olathe North High School alumni. Enjoy live music by the Gum Springs Serenaders from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Admission is free; a fee will be charged for special activities such as stagecoach rides.  Pie, ice cream, lemonade, and root beer will be available for purchase.

The site will observe normal operations on Sunday, July 3, from noon to 4:00 p.m. with stagecoach rides and living history interpretation focusing on 1860s recreation activities.


Customer Service Window Closed Wednesday
Released June 20, 2011
The City of Olathe drive thru customer service window at 1385 S. Robinson Drive will close Wednesday, June 22 to complete repairs.   Visit www.OlatheKs.org for additional utility payment options.


This Edition of E-News - June 13, 2011:
• Campout Next to Black Bob Bay this Father’s Day
• An Afternoon of Musical Fun at Black Bob Bay
• Summer Sports Camps Offer Sports Education and Fun for Youth
• 19th Century Technology Featured at Free Mahaffie Event Thursday
• Tree Climbing Championship June 18

City Council
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, June 21, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session.  Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGTN (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.


Campout Next to Black Bob Bay this Father’s Day
Released June 13, 2011
This Father’s Day, bring the family to Black Bob Bay for the inaugural campout at Black Bob Park sponsored by Olathe Parks and Recreation. The overnight campout will include planned activities and games, as well as swimming at Black Bob Bay. Camping fun is open to girls and boys ages 4-12 accompanied by at least one parent/legal guardian. Campers will cook hotdogs over an open flame, make S’mores and enjoy a sing-along around the campfire. Continental breakfast is provided in the morning. Check-in runs from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, and campers must check-out prior to 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 19. A fee of $35 for non-Olathe residents and $30 for Olathe residents covers an evening of swimming, campfire fun and outdoor enjoyment. More information and registration can be found by visiting www.olatheks.org/ParksRec/Campout.


An Afternoon of Musical Fun at Black Bob Bay
Released June 13, 2011
Olathe Black Bob Bay will host DJ Debby Z for an afternoon of music, games, giveaways, dancing and fun in the sun from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 1,. With no additional cost aside from general admission or season membership, grab the family and come on out for an afternoon of fun. More information can be found by visiting ParksRec/DJ.


Summer Sports Camps Offer Sports Education and Fun for Youth
Released June 13, 2011
Throughout the summer months, youth have the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports camps, including baseball, basketball, fencing, softball, dodgeball, volleyball, and soccer, offered by Olathe Parks and Recreation. Youth will gain skills and practice with the assistance of trained instructors for each sport available.  Many camps are underway, but several upcoming camp opportunities remain.

Dodgeball camp is offered Monday, July 18 to Friday, July 22 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm for youth ages 10 to 16.  A fee of $83 for non-Olathe residents and $75 for Olathe residents covers camp instruction. Dodge ball camp is offered through the Kansas City Fencing Center and helps to develop agility, speed, and body awareness. More information and registration can be found by visiting www.olatheks.org/ParksRec/DodgeballCamp.

Volleyball camp is available for girls entering Grades 3-6 on Monday, July 18 through Thursday, July 21, at Millcreek Center Gym.  Fees range from $70-$88 and include instruction and a t-shirt. Volleyball camp, instructed by Rhonda Rettig, a former K-State player, is a great opportunity for players to learn new skills and refine old skills while getting a work out. More information and registration is available at www.olatheks.org/ParksRec/VolleyballCamps.

Parks and Recreation soccer camps are available for youth ages 6 to 14. A fee of $83 for non-Olathe residents and $75 for Olathe residents includes a t-shirt and four 90 minute classes. Five weeks of camp for each age group are available and more specific information regarding soccer camp dates/times and registration details are available at www.olatheks.org/ParksRec/SoccerCamps.

For more information about summer camps, contact Olathe Parks and Recreation at (913) 971-6263 or visit www.olatheks.org/ParksRec/SportsCamps.


19th Century Technology Featured at Free Mahaffie Event Thursday
Released June 13, 2011
Many exciting and interesting items were invented in the 19th Century.  Get an up-close, hands-on look at some of these inventions at a free family event at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm (1200 Kansas City Rd.) on Thursday, June 16.  The historic site will be open from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for Family Fun Night offering activities focused on 19th Century Technology.

Observe draft power with the site's horse treadmill, learn about the science of the cannon and shoot a rubber band cannon.  Learn how a telegraph works and help with laundry the "old fashioned" way.  Visitors can also choose to make a paddle boat or an item in the blacksmith shop for a small fee.

As always, visitors can see what's cooking on Mrs. Mahaffie's stove and try their skills at a variety of games typically played by children in the 19th century.  Stagecoach rides around the site will be available with a suggested donation of $2 per person.

The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm hosts free Family Fun Nights every Thursday night in June and July.  The after-hours events feature free admission and stagecoach rides.  A fee applies to some special activities.  Each Thursday night visitors can participate in hands-on activities associated with a different aspect of 1860s history. New this year, the first 100 visitors can collect a different Mahaffie animal trading card.  Attend each week to collect all eight.  Remaining events include:
• Cowboy Night - July 7
• Civil War  - July 14
• 19th Century Technology - July 21
• Kansas Farming - June 23 and July 28

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


Tree Climbing Championship June 18 at Stagecoach Park
Released June 13, 2011
Stagecoach Park (1205 N. Kansas City Road) will play host to a seven-state tree climbing competition on Saturday, June 18. Sponsored by the Midwestern Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, the event is geared toward arborists and other individuals who climb trees everyday as part of their profession.  Participants will exhibit their amazing athletic ability and the surprising techniques they use in the field.

Five preliminary events will determine the five final contestants who earn a spot in the “Masters Challenge” championship round with the winner advancing to the international championship.

Rick Spurgeon, City of Olathe arborist, says the competition is a fun way to stress safety and bring awareness of new techniques and standards in the field. “The competition is held to promote safe and productive decision climbing techniques so nobody gets hurt and nothing gets damaged,” he said.

For more information including a detailed agenda, visit www.MWISA.org.  For photo opportunities on the day of the event, please contact City Arborist and event host Rick Spurgeon at 913-207-1818.


This Edition of E-News - June 6, 2011:
• Olathe Libraries Open as Cooling Centers
• Honor the Civil War at Free Mahaffie Event Thursday
• Friday Summer Concert Features Lively Family Entertainment
• Olathe Celebrates the Arts June 11 and 12
• Friends of the Olathe Public Library Book Sale At Olathe Arts Festival
• Customer Service Window Temporarily Closed

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


Olathe Libraries Open as Cooling Centers
Released June 6, 2011
Heat is the number one weather-related killer according to the National Weather Service. It kills more people each year than tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and lightning combined. In response to a heat advisory from the NWS which projects afternoon heat indices between 100 and 105 degrees Fahrenheit, the City of Olathe Fire Department’s Office of Emergency Management and Olathe Public Library announce the opening of two cooling centers. The centers offer people temporary relief from the heat. Those who participate are encouraged to bring necessary, personal items like medicines, ready-to-eat snacks, etc.

The temporary centers are located at Olathe’s two public libraries:
• Olathe Main Library (201 E. Park Street), Monday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Enter through the main entrance.
• Indian Creek Branch (12990 S. Black Bob), Monday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Fire Chief Jeff Degraffenreid said, "We hope the air-conditioned cooling centers bring relief and comfort to those needing to escape the heat."


Honor the Civil War at Free Mahaffie Event Thursday
Released June 6, 2011
Honor the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with free Family Fun Night at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Road on Thursday, June 9, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

One highlight of the evening will be a special presentation about women in Civil War Kansas sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council.  Diane Eickhoff will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Heritage Center.  The role of women in the Civil War has often been overlooked, but Kansas women served as nurses, cooks, clerks, and factory workers, while others were even soldiers and spies.  Women’s work on the home front also played an important role.  As writers, some raised support for the Union, while others championed the Republican Party; and most hoped women’s suffrage would be addressed at war’s end.  Using historical photographs and editorial cartoons, this presentation challenges the stereotypical idea of women’s roles in war popularized by such books as “Gone With The Wind.”

Visitors can participate in a Civil War march and drill, learn about artillery and life in a Civil War camp and try their hand at "writing home" with a real ink pen.  Visitors can also make a spy wheel or make a piece to take home in the blacksmith's shop.  As always, visitors can see what's cooking on Mrs. Mahaffie's stove and try their skills at a variety of games typically played by children in the 19th century.  Stagecoach rides around the site will be available; donations of $2 per person are suggested for stagecoach rides. 

The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm will host free Family Fun Nights every Thursday night in June and July.  The events feature free admission and stagecoach rides.  A fee applies to some special activities.  Each Thursday night visitors can participate in hands-on activities associated with a different aspect of 1860s history. New this year, the first 100 visitors can collect a different Mahaffie animal trading card.  Attend each week to collect all eight.  Weekly themes are:
• Cowboy Night - July 7
• Civil War  - June 9 and July 14
• 19th Century Technology - June 16 and July 21
• Kansas Farming - June 23 and July 28

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


Friday Summer Concert Features Lively Family Entertainment
Released June 6, 2011
Frontier Park will be rocking and rolling as the 2011 Summer Concert Series continues Friday, June 10, with a special kids show.

Trout Fishing in America headlines the free concert.  Bass player Keith Grimwood and guitarist Ezra Idlet have recorded fifteen albums and received four Grammy nominations.  Special guest Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove takes the stage at 7:00 p.m.  Cosgrove, an award-winning children’s singer-songwriter, speaker and writer is a local celebrity known for his free-range family rock.  Olathe’s Got Talent stand-outs will kick off the show at 6:30 p.m.  In April, more than 75 students entered the first Olathe’s Got Talent city-wide youth talent competition and the top three acts won the chance to perform on stage as part of the summer concert series.

The summer concert series is in its twelfth year of providing free family entertainment.  To learn more about the 2011 Olathe FREE Summer Concert Series and scheduled performances, visit Summer Concerts.


Olathe Celebrates the Arts June 11 and 12
Released June 6, 2011
Historic downtown Olathe will play host to visual artists from across the region this weekend for the inaugural Downtown Olathe Arts Festival June 11  and 12 at the intersection of Park and Cherry Streets.  The juried art festival features over 70 visual artists including emerging artists and artists with disabilities. The event will also include live musical entertainment, an interactive 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 11, and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 12. 

Visit www.DowntownOlatheArtsFestival.org for more information.


Friends of the Olathe Public Library Book Sale At Olathe Arts Festival
Released June 6, 2011
Stop by the Park/Cherry Building in downtown Olathe between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on June 11 and 12 to browse the Olathe Public Library Book Sale.  The selection of used materials will include art, how-to and craft books, poetry, graphic novels, Civil War and WWII War materials, children’s, mystery, romance, fiction, old books, classics and much more.  All sales are final and cash or checks are accepted.


Customer Service Window Temporarily Closed
Released June 6, 2011
The City of Olathe drive thru customer service window at 1385 S. Robinson Drive will close Wednesday, June 8 through Friday, June 10 for repairs.