Olathe news briefs for the week of Feb. 1

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 7 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).  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.

2016 Summer Camp registration now open
Registration is now open for Two Trails and Black Bob Summer Camps offered through Olathe Parks & Recreation. Campers ages 5*-12 will swim, enjoy weekly field trips, play games, and more.  *Five-year-olds must have completed kindergarten.

  • Register for camp by the week. You choose the week(s) that fit your needs.

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Olathe news briefs for the week of Jan. 25

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 7 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).  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.

Olathe’s 2015 waste diversion rate hits record high
Olathe residents continue diverting more waste from the landfill. The City of Olathe waste diversion rate for 2015 is 43.88 percent, up from 41.10 percent in 2014 and 38.29 percent in 2013. The national average is 34.50 percent.

“Olathe residents are making greater efforts to keep recyclable waste out of landfills,” said Kent Seyfried, City of Olathe Solid Waste Manager. “This allows us to keep trash and recycling rates at a reasonable price for our customers. When we increase our waste diversion rate, we spend less on the cost of waste disposal.” Continue reading

Olathe news briefs for the week of Jan. 19

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 7 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).  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.

Mahaffie 150th Gala Saturday, Feb. 20

The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Foundation invites the public to celebrate 150 years at the Mahaffie House on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a special 150th Gala. Tickets are $75/person, $600 for a table of eight, and sponsorships are available. Ticket sales are limited to the first 150 registrants. Purchase your tickets at Mahaffie.org or call 913-971-5111. All proceeds will go to the preservation of the Mahaffie House. Attire will be semi-formal or 19th century formal wear.
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Benefit Dance set for Feb. 5 at Olathe Legion

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Olathe news briefs for the week of Jan. 11

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 7 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).  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.

City of Olathe named 2016 Healthiest Employer
For the second year in a row, the City of Olathe has been named one of the healthiest employers in Kansas City by the Kansas City Business Journal. The City of Olathe joins Henderson Engineers, Inc., Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, MRIGlobal, and Nabholz Construction in the 250-999 employees category. The top-scoring organization is each size category will be announced at a luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 9.
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Olathe news briefs for the week of Jan. 4

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, Jan. 5, at 7 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).  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.

Public invited to annual MLK Celebration on Sunday, Jan. 17

Olatheans and residents throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area are invited to join the Olathe Human Relations Commission (OHRC) to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday, Jan. 17. The annual Martin Luther King (MLK) Celebration will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the new Olathe Conference Center by Embassy Suites, located at K-10 and Ridgeview Rd. The event is free and open to the public. Continue reading

Chartrand…

A Father’s Letter to Santa

David Chartrand

David Chartrand

(EDITOR’S NOTE:  This essay was first published 20 Christmases ago, on the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal. It launched my career as a newspaper columnist and author.  It also made my son the most popular kid at school, at least among kindergarteners who read The Wall Street Journal.

The piece has since been republished in newspapers, magazines and Web sites around the world. It was included in the first “Christmas Soup for the Soul” anthology as among the most memorable Christmas essays of all time. On Tuesday morning (12.24.13) at 7:55 am CST, the piece will be “performed” by syndicated radio talk show host Bruce Elliott (WILM/1450 AM/Dover, DE)). Elliot has done a live reading of “A Father’s Letter” every Christmas Eve for the past 20 years.)

Dear Santa:

My five-year-old boy scribbled out his Christmas list. It’s there by the fireplace. The Coke and M&Ms are from him, in case you’re hungry. You know 5-year-olds these days. The Cheezits are from me.

Santa, if you don’t mind, I thought I’d go ahead and leave my list, too.  It’s long, but do what you can.
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