Olathe News Briefs

 This Edition of E-News - October 31, 2011:

  • It’s Only a Test; First Nationwide EAS Test November 9
  • Housing Services Office Relocating
  • City Volunteer Reception November 14
  • Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries
  • Burn Ban Issued for Olathe


City Council
Released October 31, 2011
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, November 1, 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.


It’s Only a Test
Released October 31, 2011
On November 9 at 1:00 p.m. CST, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and broadcasters across the country will issue the first nationwide Emergency Alert System Test.  The Emergency Alert System is frequently used and tested at the local level, but to date it has never been tested at the national level.  During the three-minute test, the public will hear an audio message indicating “This is a test.”  However, the image and the text/crawl at the top of the television screen may not be the same for all viewers.  When the Emergency Alert System test is over, regular programming will resume.  The public is encouraged to visit the FCC website for more information.  Remember….it’s only a test.


Housing Services Office to Relocate Beginning November 8
Released October 31, 2011
The Olathe Housing Services Division, formerly located at 201 N. Cherry Street, will relocate to 200 W. Santa Fe beginning November 8.  The division will open for business at the new location on Wednesday, November 9. The telephone number remains 913-971-6260.  The Housing Services Division is responsible for programs including Taxi Coupon, Housing Authority, Housing Rehabilitation, Community Development Block Grant and Human Relations. 

The move is anticipated to improve efficiency and save money as part of a larger City organizational effort.  For more information about Housing Services, visit www.olatheks.org/HT/HousingServices.


City Volunteer Reception November 14
Released October 31, 2011
The annual City of Olathe Volunteer Appreciation Reception is scheduled for Monday, November 14 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Ball Conference Center, 21350 W. 153rd Street in Olathe.  All City volunteers, including board and committee members, are invited to attend.  Mayor Michael Copeland will issue remarks at the event, which includes food and door prizes. 

In 2010, City of Olathe volunteers contributed 15,022 hours of service, a 27% increase over 2009. In addition, 246 new volunteer applications were processed; bringing the total number of individual and group volunteers to almost 1,400.  The annual reception is just one way the City of Olathe recognizes the commitment of its exceptional volunteers.


Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries
Released October 31, 2011
The Olathe Fire Department reminds you to not only change your clocks on November 6, but also change the batteries in your smoke detectors.  Only working smoke detectors save lives, and it is critical that batteries are continually replaced and tested.


Burn Ban Issued for Olathe
Released October 31, 2011
Due to the unseasonably dry weather conditions, a burn ban was issued for Olathe on Saturday, October 29.  The preventive measure excludes grills and recreational activities like fire pits. The ban will be reviewed daily and remain in place until it is lifted by the Olathe Fire Department. Division Chief and Fire Marshal Brad Henson said, "Proactive fire prevention measures such as this are important to helping reduce the community's risk to fire.” 


This Edition of E-News - October 24, 2011:
• City Council to Meet in Special Joint Session October 24
• It’s Only a Test; First Nationwide EAS Test November 9
• Olathe Police Department Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs on October 29
• Olathe Police Department Offers Tips to Keep Kids Safe This Halloween
• Trick or Treat at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop Saturday, October 29
• Mahaffie Awarded Heritage Trust Fund Grant for House Restoration
• October Weekends Last for Living History and Stagecoach Until Spring
• Disability Awareness Week Activities Kick Off October 29

City Council Agenda; Special Joint Session October 24
Released October 24, 2011
The Olathe City Council will meet in a special join session with the Planning Commission this evening, October 24, at 6:00 p.m. at the K-State Innovation Campus, 22201 W. Innovation Drive (College Blvd., west of Lone Elm Road).  Visit www.OlatheKS.org for a complete agenda.


It’s Only a Test
Released October 24, 2011
On November 9 at 1:00 p.m. CST, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and broadcasters across the country will issue the first nationwide Emergency Alert System Test.  The Emergency Alert System is frequently used and tested at the local level, but to date it has never been tested at the national level.  During the three-minute test, the public will hear an audio message indicating “This is a test.”  However, the image and the text/crawl at the top of the television screen may not be the same for all viewers.  When the Emergency Alert System test is over, regular programming will resume.  The public is encouraged to visit the FCC website for more information.  Remember….it’s only a test.


Olathe Police Department Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs on October 29
Released October 24, 2011
The Olathe Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe, on October 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The service is free and anonymous; no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 376,593 pounds—188 tons—of prescription drugs at nearly 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,000 state and local law enforcement partners.  For more information, visit www.olatheks.org/News/2011/10/04/Drugs.


Olathe Police Department Offers Tips to Keep Kids Safe This Halloween
Released October 24, 2011
Halloween is a fun holiday for kids and parents are encouraged to “be aware” and “be informed” when it comes to Halloween safety.  To avoid injury and accidents while trick-or-treating, the Olathe Police Department recommends the following tips:
• Wear light colored or reflective clothing for costumes.
• Check the costume to see if it is made of a fire resistant material.
• Make sure children can see well; use face makeup, if possible, instead of a mask.
• Keep costumed children away from pets; pets may not recognize the child and could become frightened.
• Avoid hard plastic or wood props such as daggers or swords so as not to cause injury if a child falls.
• Parents should accompany younger children.
• Always remind children of the dangers associated with crossing and walking along streets at night.
• Use a flashlight at night or go out while there is still daylight.
• Stay within the neighborhood and only visit homes you know with the porch light on.
• Remind children to avoid open flames from pumpkins or Halloween decorations.
• Only give and accept commercially wrapped or packaged candy; examine all treats before letting children eat them.
• All fruit should be washed and cut into small pieces to make sure nothing hazardous has been placed inside.


Trick or Treat at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop Saturday, October 29
Released October 24, 2011
Little ones will enjoy trick or treating in costume on the historic Mahaffie grounds, 1200 Kansas City Rd., during Trick or Treat Off the Street from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 29.  Admission is $3 per person for all ages and includes trick or treating, games, crafts and a hay ride.  Local community groups will be on the grounds distributing candy. 

Parking and access for the event will be at the western parking lot located in front of the historic house instead of at the Heritage Center.


Mahaffie Awarded Heritage Trust Fund Grant for House Restoration
Released October 24, 2011
The Johnson County Heritage Trust Fund has awarded the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop a $40,000 grant for interior renovation of the historic stone farm house.  The Johnson County Board of Commissioners authorized the funding Thursday, September 15.

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm has received previous grants from the Johnson County Heritage Trust Fund, enabling a number of restoration projects at the historic site.  Previous projects have included restoration of the stagecoach dining hall and kitchen and the original Mahaffie barn, along with expanded exhibits for the site’s Heritage Center.  The current grant will be used to continue interior restoration of the stone farm house.

“We’ve made tremendous strides in returning the Mahaffie farm to its 1865 appearance over the last five years, while expanding our living history activities within the farmhouse,” said Olathe Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Corbett.  “This grant is critical to continuing that progress and expanding the experience we can offer our visitors.  We could not accomplish all the work we’ve done without the support of the Johnson County Heritage Trust Fund and the Johnson County Board of Commissioners.”

The Johnson County Heritage Trust Fund awarded $179,273 in grants to ten historical projects in all.  The Johnson County Heritage Trust Fund was created in 1991 to help preserve the heritage and history of the county. Revenue for the fund is derived from a portion of the county’s mortgage registration fee that exceeds the $100,000 the county is required to contribute to the Kansas Heritage Trust Fund.


October Weekends Last for Living History and Stagecoach Until Spring
Released October 24, 2011
October weekends will be the last opportunity for stagecoach rides and living history at Mahaffie until spring.  Visitors can help pick corn, prepare wheat for threshing, learn about the site’s team of oxen and ride the stagecoach.  Stagecoach rides and living history activities will be offered several times throughout the winter at special events.  Visit www.mahaffie.org or Mahaffie’s Facebook page for winter activities. 

In honor of the fall harvest, visitors may donate two non-perishable food items to receive $1 off admission.  The food will be collected and delivered to Harvesters.

The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop is open Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m.  Harvest-themed living history activities will be offered weekends in October.  Wednesday through Friday visitors may explore the grounds and view the Heritage Center museum exhibit.  Mahaffie will begin its winter schedule November 1.


Disability Awareness Week Activities Kick Off October 29
Released October 24, 2011
The Olathe Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board and the Olathe Human Relations Commission are offering several events in recognition of Disability Awareness Week, October 29 - November 10.

The disABILITY Information Expo is scheduled for Saturday, October 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Great Mall of the Great Plains Food Court, 20700 W. 151st Street in Olathe.  The fair, co-sponsored by United Access and the Great Mall of the Great Plains, features wheelchair equipped vehicles, assistive technology, service organizations, support groups, entertainment, drawings, sports memorabilia auctions and much more.  Attendees will have an opportunity to sign up for the Olathe Emergency Services Special Needs Registry.

A “Disabilities and Your Physical Environment” workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, November 1, at Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe Street.  The workshop discusses universal design and how to make a living environment as accessible as possible.  The workshop will be offered twice, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and again from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  The workshop is presented by Wes Albright, a member of the Olathe Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board and a retired universal design specialist with Home Depot.

All Disability Awareness Week activities are held in accessible meeting rooms.  For additional accommodations or an interpreter, please call  (913) 971-6493 at least one week in advance.  For more information, visit www.olatheks.org/humanrelations/disabilityexpo.


This Edition of E-News - October 10, 2011:
• Trick or Treat Off the Street
• Disability Awareness Week Activities Announced
• Cookout to Benefit United Way on October 13
• Olathe to Honor Civil War Soldiers
• Mahaffie Tiger Cub Scout Day is October 22; Register Now
• Join the Fall Harvest at Mahaffie in October
• National Fire Prevention Week
• Expect Traffic Delays October 14-17

City Council Agenda
Released October 10, 2011
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, October 18, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session. 


Trick or Treat Off the Street
Released October 10, 2011
Children and their families are invited to trick or treat at stations set up on the Mahaffie grounds while also enjoying fall farm activities and hayrack rides.  Trick or Treat Off the Street event will be held on Saturday, October 29. From 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Admission is $3 per person for ages 3 and up.  Registration is not required. 


Disability Awareness Week Activities Announced
Released October 10, 2011
The Olathe Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board and the Olathe Human Relations Commission are offering several events in recognition of Disability Awareness Week, October 29 - November 10.

The disABILITY Information Expo is scheduled for Saturday, October 29, from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Great Mall of the Great Plains Food Court, 20700 W. 151st Street in Olathe.  The fair, co-sponsored by United Access and the Great Mall of the Great Plains, features wheelchair equipped vehicles, assistive technology, service organizations, support groups, entertainment, drawings, sports memorabilia auctions and much more.  Attendees will have an opportunity to sign up for the Olathe Emergency Services Special Needs Registry.

A “Disabilities and Your Physical Environment” workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, November 1, at Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe Street.  The workshop discusses universal design and how to make a living environment as accessible as possible.  The workshop will be offered twice, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and again from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  The workshop is presented by Wes Albright, a member of the Olathe Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board and a retired universal design specialist with Home Depot.

Finally, the Disability Mentoring Day and Job Fair is scheduled for Thursday, November 10, at the Bell Cultural Center, 2030 E. College Way, on the Mid America Nazarene University campus in Olathe.  The event showcases the many talents and skills disabled employees bring to the workforce.  The program will assist disabled job seekers in developing resumes as well as job search and interview skills.

Event check-in begins at 8:15 a.m.  Informational workshops and a guest speaker are planned between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., with lunch running from 11:00 a.m. until noon.  The job fair will run from noon until 2:00 p.m.   Registration for job seekers, employers or organizations is requested and currently being accepted until October 27.

For more information or to register, contact Brain Ellefson at (913) 239-9776 or briman3@kc.rr.com or Deborah Bass at (816)861-0304 ext. 235  or dbass@thewholeperson.org.   Additional information is available at www.dmd-kc.org or www.dmd-aapd.org.

In addition to the Johnson County event, the Disability Mentoring Day Committee will host a similar event on October 25 at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Conference Center in Kansas City, Missouri.  The Johnson County event is made possible by the Greater Kansas City Disability Mentoring Day Committee and the Olathe Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board.   All Disability Awareness Week activities are held in accessible meeting rooms.  For additional accommodations or an interpreter, please call  (913) 971-6493 at least one week in advance.


Cookout to Benefit United Way on October 13
Released October 10, 2011
Library staff will be grilling outside the Olathe Public Library (201 E. Park) to raise funds for United Way on Thursday, October 13.  The event will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  The menu includes $2.50 brats, $1.50 hot dogs, $2.00 nachos and 50 cent soda and treats.  Wear your favorite school colors or Chiefs’ red and enjoy a tailgate lunch.


Olathe to Honor Civil War Soldiers
Released October 10, 2011
Civil War veterans buried in the Olathe Memorial Cemetery will be remembered during the War’s 150th anniversary year, with a special ceremony and dedication at the Civil War circle located in the Olathe Memorial Cemetery, 738 N. Chestnut.  The dedication of ten new markers will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2011, beginning at 5:00 p.m., followed by the annual walking tour of the cemetery. 

After extensive research by Tom Burgess of the American Legion, military headstones were ordered from the Veterans Administration and installed this year for ten Civil War soldiers whose graves were previously unmarked.   Among these soldiers are Willis Woods, an African American soldier who joined the 2nd Kansas Infantry at the age of 13, and James Judy who was killed by Quantrill during his raid on Olathe on September 2, 1862. 

The service will feature appearances by Mayor Pro Tem Jim Randall, Congressman Kevin Yoder, and Civil War historians Tom Rafiner and Joe Lewis Mattix.  The service will end with a cannon salute honoring the approximately 330 Union and Confederate Civil War soldiers buried throughout the cemetery.  Period re-enactors will provide cemetery tours following the ceremony.  Descendants of the honored soldiers will be in attendance for the ceremony.

The Civil War circle statue was a gift to the City from the Olathe Chapter of the Grand Army of the Republic in 1863. An American Flag of 1861 flies in the circle.  Founded in 1865, the Olathe Memorial Cemetery is unique in that it was never segregated and soldiers were buried together. 

Visit the Olathe Memorial Cemetery webpage for a complete listing of all cemetery plots, including individual pictures of headstones.


Mahaffie Tiger Cub Scout Day is October 22; Register Now
Released October 10, 2011
Space is still available in the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop Tiger Cub Scout Day session to be held 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 22.  This event gives Tiger Cub Scouts the opportunity to earn requirements for their Making My Family Special program as well as a special Mahaffie patch only offered during this program.  Program registration is $10 per scout and accompanying adults are admitted free.  A half day program option is also available.  Scouts should bring a sack lunch and water bottle and dress for the weather.  Register by Monday, October 17 by calling (913) 971-5111.  Payment is due the day of the event.


Join the Fall Harvest at Mahaffie in October
Released October 10, 2011
Fall harvest is the theme in October at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Road.  Weekends in October visitors can help make apple cider, pick corn, saw wood, prepare wheat for threshing, learn about the site’s team of oxen and ride the stagecoach.  In honor of the fall harvest, visitors may bring in two non-perishable food items to receive $1 off admission.  The food will be collected and delivered to Harvesters at the end of the month.

The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop is open Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon-4:00 p.m.  Harvest-themed living history activities will be offered weekends in October.  Tuesday through Friday visitors may tour the Mahaffie house, explore the grounds and view the Heritage Center museum exhibit. 

Tickets for the Historic Cemetery Tours are still available.  Tours will be held the evenings of October 13, 14 and 15.  Advanced tickets are strongly recommended and are available by calling (913) 971-5111.  Historic Cemetery Tours offer a chance to learn more about the historic Olathe Cemetery from Mahaffie staff dressed in 19th Century clothing portraying historic people. 


National Fire Prevention Week 
Released October 10, 2011
In an effort to make our communities safer, the Olathe Fire Department is teaming up with the Fire Education Association of Kansas to celebrate National Fire Prevention Week (October 9-15). This year’s theme is “Protect Your Family From Fire!”  For valuable fire prevention and emergency preparedness information, visit www.OlatheKS.org/Fire.


Expect Traffic Delays October 14-17
Released October 10, 2011
The City of Olathe will adjust traffic timing to offset delays anticipated from I-435 road closures scheduled for this weekend.  Residents should expect slower travel and congestion until Monday morning, October 17.  Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has announced that, weather permitting, the entrance ramp from Quivira Road to westbound I-435 will close at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, October 14, for preparation work for staging equipment and materials for the weekend’s work.  At 7:00 p.m. on Friday, all lanes of westbound I-435 will close from US-69 to I-35.  Subsequent ramp closures planned for the weekend include northbound and southbound US-69 to westbound I-435, westbound I-435 to Quivira Road entrance and exit ramps and westbound I-435 to northbound and southbound I-35 ramps.  All lane and ramp closures will reopen to traffic at 5:00 a.m. on Monday, October 17.

Major delays are expected and drivers are asked to use alternate routes during the lane and ramp closures.  The expected closures will likely increase traffic on 119th Street from I-35 to Pflumm.  For updated traffic information for this project, visit www.ksdot.org/kcmetro/laneclose.asp.


This Edition of E-News - October 3, 2011:
• Breast Cancer Awareness Month to Kick Off in Osborne Plaza on October 7
• Olathe Police Department Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs on October 29
• Join the Fall Harvest at Mahaffie in October
• Tiger Cub Scout Day at Mahaffie
• Cemetery Tour Tickets Going Fast
• Fire Department Open House on October 9
• Parks and Recreation Offices to Relocate beginning October 6
• Fall Festival Book Sale on October 7
• Cookout to Benefit United Way


City Council Agenda
Released October 3, 2011
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, October 4, 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.


Breast Cancer Awareness Month to Kick Off in Osborne Plaza on October 7
Released October 3, 2011
Those passing the City of Olathe fountain in the Osborne Plaza at City Hall may look twice at the water’s color during the month of October.  On Friday, October 7 at 11:00 a.m., the fountain will be dyed pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.   The dye will be placed in the fountain by two local breast cancer support groups.  This is the fourth year the City of Olathe has participated in the metro-wide pink fountain initiative.

The event, sponsored by Indian Creek Cancer Outreach and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Olathe Post 2993, will include several activities to raise awareness about the disease.  In addition to the pink fountain, the groups will provide educational materials, hand out pink ribbons, and release balloons in memory of those who have succumbed to breast cancer and to honor survivors of the disease.  The theme for this year’s celebration is “Hope”. 

Sponsors of the event include Indian Creek Community Church, VFW Ladies Auxiliary Olathe Post 2993, the Young Survivors Coalition, Lowe’s, Sutherland’s, Olathe North Home Depot, Olathe Ridgeview Hy-Vee, Party City, The Grass Pad, and Olathe Medical Center Cancer Support Group.

The community is invited to attend, and a special invitation is extended to all breast cancer survivors to participate in the festivities.  For more information, please contact event organizer Rita Hoffman at (913) 782-3293.  In the event of rain, activities will be held in the lobby of City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe Street.


Olathe Police Department Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs on October 29
Released October 3, 2011
The Olathe Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe, on October 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The service is free and anonymous; no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 376,593 pounds—188 tons—of prescription drugs at nearly 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,000 state and local law enforcement partners. 

This initiative 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—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Four days after the first Take-Back event in September 2010, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the attorney general to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. The DEA has begun drafting regulations to implement the Act, a process that can take as long as 24 months. Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like the Olathe Police Department and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.


Join the Fall Harvest at Mahaffie in October
Released October 3, 2011
Fall harvest is the theme in October at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Road.  Visitors can help make apple cider, pick corn, saw wood, prepare wheat for threshing, learn about the site’s team of oxen and ride the stagecoach.  The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m.  Harvest-themed living history activities will be offered weekends in October.  Tuesday through Friday visitors may tour the Mahaffie house, explore the grounds and view the Heritage Center museum exhibit. 

In honor of the fall harvest, visitors may bring in two non-perishable food items to receive $1 off admission.  The food will be collected and delivered to Harvesters at the end of the month.


Tiger Cub Scout Day at Mahaffie
Released October 3, 2011
Mahaffie will host Tiger Cub Scout Day on Saturday, October 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Tiger Cub Scouts can earn requirements for their Making My Family Special program as well as a special Mahaffie patch only offered during this program.  Program registration is $10 per scout and accompanying adults are admitted free.  Scouts should bring a sack lunch and water bottle and dress for the weather.  To register call (913) 971-5111.  Payment is due the day of the event.


Cemetery Tour Tickets Going Fast
Released October 3, 2011
Tickets are still available for the popular fall Historic Cemetery Tours, but are selling quickly.  The Tours offer a chance to learn more about the historic Olathe Cemetery from Mahaffie staff dressed in 19th Century clothing portraying historic people.  Tours begin at 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, and 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 13, Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15.  The tours meet at Northview Elementary School, 905 N. Walker.  Tickets may be purchased in advance at Mahaffie, 1200 Kansas City Rd., or by calling (913) 971-5111. 

As a special feature this year, the City of Olathe will remember Civil War veterans buried in the Olathe Memorial Cemetery with a special ceremony and dedication at the Civil War circle located in the cemetery.  The dedication of ten new markers will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2011, beginning at 5:00 p.m., followed by the annual walking tour of the cemetery.


Fire Department Open House on October 9
Released October 3, 2011
The 18th Annual Olathe Fire Department Open House will take place on Sunday, October 9, from noon to 4:00 p.m. at Fire Station #1 located at 501 E. Old 56 Highway.  All activities and refreshments are free.  For more information, visit www.OlatheKS.org/Fire.


Parks and Recreation Offices to Relocate beginning October 6; New Phone Number Effective October 7
Released October 3, 2011
The Parks and Recreation Department, formerly housed at 200 W. Santa Fe, will relocate to Olathe City Hall beginning October 6.  The department will open for business at the new location on Friday, October 7.  The moves are anticipated to improve efficiency and save money as part of a larger organizational effort.  As a result of the move, the Parks and Recreation telephone line will change to (913) 971-8563 effective October 7.


Fall Festival Book Sale on October 7
Released October 3, 2011
The Fall Festival Book Sale will be held on Friday, October 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 8 from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road.  The “Six Bucks a Sack” Sale will take place Sunday, October 9 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  During the Sunday sack sale, shoppers can purchase a plastic bag at the door for $6 and fill with materials.  Buy two bags, get two free.

Signed books and collectible Little Golden Books will be one-half price.  Bids will be taken on a 15 volume 1961 Oxford English Dictionary set including some supplements.  Civil War and WWII materials will also be featured. (None of these materials are included in the sack sale).

Other genres included in the sale are romance, children’s, fiction, mystery, western, cookbooks, history, Christmas and much more.   All sales are final and cash or checks are accepted.  Due to space limitations, strollers and book carts are not permitted. 

All Olathe Public Library (OPL) Friends members are entitled to a one-time discount of $2.00 off an entire purchase which cannot be used at the sack sale. The sale is sponsored by the Friends of the OPL.


Cookout to Benefit United Way on October 13
Released October 3, 2011
Library staff will be grilling outside the Olathe Public Library (201 E. Park) to raise funds for United Way on Thursday, October 13.  The event will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  The menu includes $2.50 brats, $1.50 hot dogs, $2.00 nachos and 50 cent soda and treats.  Wear your favorite school colors or Chiefs’ red and enjoy a tailgate lunch.