Olathe news briefs for the week of Aug. 27, 2012

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 4, 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.

Girl Scouts to Adopt Park

The City of Olathe Parks and Recreation Department will unveil a plaque at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25 commemorating the work of Olathe Girl Scout Troop 665, which adopted Haven Park, 15475 W. 147th Terr.

The seven girls, who attend Black Bob Elementary School, have inherited the park from a group of older Girl Scouts. That group, which has moved on to the sixth grade at Frontier Middle School, has planted flowers and picked up trash at the park since 2010, when they attended Black Bob Elementary.

Several local groups and businesses have adopted Olathe parks over the years.

The plaque will indicate that the older Girl Scouts are turning over responsibility of the park’s maintenance to the younger group.

Olathe Parks and Recreation Department Marketing Manager Nichole Asquith, and Senior Horticulturist Liz Newman will be at the ceremony to represent the City.

Taxi Coupon Program Suspends New Applications Until October

Because of program growth and capacity, the city of Olathe is unable to accept new applications for participants in the Taxi Coupon/Voucher program until October.

The Olathe Taxi Coupon/Voucher Program allows the city’s elderly, disabled and low-income residents to maintain their independence and quality of life. The coupons are used to “pay” for a one-way, door-to-door trip in a taxi or van equipped with a wheel chair lift. The Taxi Coupon Program may only be used for rides within Olathe city limits. The program has served about 500 residents this year.

Contact Carroll Ramseyer with the Housing & Transportation Services Division at 913-971-6260 for more information.

Contest winners announced

Olathe East High School student Harley Muntz won the first COUNTRY Financial Canvas Bag Design Contest on Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Olathe Farmers’ Market.

Her design of a sunset rising over a field of colorful fruits and vegetables best reflected the contest theme, “Fill Up on Fresh.” The design was printed on 150 reusable canvas bags that COUNTRY Financial gave away to the first 150 patrons Saturday at the market.

Muntz was awarded a $1,000 scholarship for winning. Olathe Northwest High School student J. Carlos Hernandez and Olathe North High School student Anya Rew received $500 as runners-up.

Shoppers can stop at the COUNTRY Financial booth to pick up an award-winning reusable canvas bag Saturday, Sept. 1 at the market.

Also Saturday at the market, three teams of local culinary arts students will compete in the finals of the COUNTRY Chef Challenge. The contest will start at 9 a.m.

The students, who were required to create an original dish using market products, advanced from a preliminary round of six teams the previous weekend. They are: Zach Wong, of Blue Valley Northwest High School, and Mason Halfert, of Olathe North; Becky More, of Olathe North, and Dalton Hetherington, of Olathe North; and Remy DePrima, of Olathe East, and Cali Francis, of Olathe South.

The winning team will split $1,400 while the other teams will split $1,000. Celebrity judges will choose a winner.

Third Grade Program Starts Friday

The 19th annual Fire and Life Safety program for all Olathe third graders starts Friday, Aug. 31..

The program, part of the department’s public education programs, was launched in 1994 to teach children a variety of fire and injury prevention and safety skills. Students have five lessons, which include homework. By completing worksheets and other extra credit assignments, they can earn prizes including rides on fire engines in the spring for a limited number of students.

For the first time, a police lesson was added to the program last year.

More than 2,000 students completed the program in 2011 at all 33 Olathe School District elementary schools. The program also is provided at two schools in Olathe that are not in the school district. The total number of Olathe third graders to complete the program will exceed 30,000 this year.

For more information about the Olathe Fire Department, go to www.olatheks.org/fire.

Labor Day Schedule and Trash Collection not impacted

City of Olathe offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3 for the Labor Day holiday. However, the city’s trash, curbside recycling and yard waste collection will NOT be impacted. Only Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays affect the trash collection schedule. If those holidays fall on a weekday, the schedule is delayed one day that week.

Mahaffie Recognizes Grandparents Day with Free Admission

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 Kansas City Rd., will be open noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept., 9 to offer a $6 savings with free admission to grandparents accompanying a paid child admission for national Grandparents Day.

In addition to regular weekend programming such as stagecoach rides, cooking on the wood-burning cookstove, touring the historic Mahaffie house, blacksmithing, farm chores and more, Mahaffie will offer grandparents a souvenir photo in a Grandparents Day frame and a family tree to take home and fill out with their families. Registration is not required for this event. For more information about Mahaffie go to www.mahaffie.org, visit our Facebook page or call (913) 971-5111.

Cemetery Tour Tickets On Sale

Tickets for the popular Historic Cemetery Tours are now on sale.

The Fall Cemetery Tours provide an opportunity to learn more about the historicOlathe Memorial Cemetery from Mahaffie staff dressed in 19th century clothing. Fall Cemetery Tours will be at 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for children ages 5 to 11.

The focus of the Fall Cemetery Tours will be William Quantrill’s Raid on Olathe, which took place Sept. 6, 1862. Tickets are sold at the Mahaffie Heritage Center, 1200 Kansas City Rd., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and noon to 4 p.m.  Sunday

Stay informed about Olathe road projects

For detailed information regarding next week’s street closings, go to http://www.olatheks.org/PublicWorks/Alerts.

2 Responses

  1. Hi my name is Harley Muntz and I won the Country Financial reusable bag contest. For the record, l would like to point out that I am a girl not a boy haha.

    • Sorry about that, Harley….Information is provided to us by the city of Olathe. I’ve made the correction and will certainly pass it along to the folks at City Hall.

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