Olathe news briefs for week of July 7, 2012

City Council

The Olathe City Council will next meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 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.

Tune In to the e-Town Hall Live Broadcast July 10

Since June 20, Olathe residents have taken to social media channels to raise questions and concerns about the 2013 budget as part of the second Budget e-Town Hall.  The event encourages citizen engagement in the budget process by utilizing various forms of traditional electronic communications and social media outreach including web-streamed video, blogging, Facebook, Twitter, and live television broadcast.

On Tuesday, July 10 at 6 p.m., the City Council will respond to questions live during an e-Town Hall broadcast/webcast on the Olathe Government Network (Comcast Channel 7 and AT&T Channel 99) as well as online via City Webcast. KCPT’s Mike Shanin will serve as moderator.

Believed to be the first effort of its kind in the Midwest, the e-Town Hall was developed to provide more residents a convenient way to share thoughts, ask questions or learn about how their tax dollars are being spent.  Transparency continues to be an Olathe City Council priority, and the e-Town Hall format provides one more window into the City’s budget process.

In addition to the e-Town Hall, budget workshops are slated for July 10 and July 24 (tentative) and a public hearing is scheduled for August 7.  Residents are always encouraged to share thoughts or ideas with the City, their Council representatives and/or Mayor Copeland.  Additional budget information is available on the City’s website, www.OlatheKs.org, as well as a forum for feedback and comments.  In addition, residents are encouraged to contact the Budget Office at 971-8671 with inquiries, questions or concerns.

2012 Push America Journey of Hope Returns to Olathe July 10

On Tuesday, July 10, a team of cyclists participating in the Journey of Hope will arrive in Olathe as part of a nine-week, 4,000 +-mile cycling event across the country to raise funds and awareness for people with disabilities.

The team will spend July 10 and 11 in the Olathe community.

Mark Cameron, a member of the Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board (PDAB) and Push America volunteer, is helping to coordinate the team’s stay in Olathe.

The team will visit Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe, at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday July 10, where Mayor Michael Copeland will issue a proclamation in honor of the cyclists.

Tuesday night, as part of a Friendship Visit, the cyclists will participate in an exhibition wheelchair basketball game against the Kansas Wheelhawks at the Kansas School for the Deaf.  The entertainment is free and tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Foltz Gym on the Kansas School for the Deaf campus, 450 East Park Street.

On Wednesday, July 11, the team will tour both Garmin International and a home equipped with assistive technology for the disabled. The Olathe tour stop is sponsored by the City of Olathe, PDAB and Kansas School for the Deaf.

The Journey of Hope is a program of Push America, the national philanthropy of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, that raises funds and awareness for people with disabilities. The Journey of Hope team consists of men from Pi Kappa Phi chapters across the country.

The team will cycle an average of 75 miles per day, beginning in Seattle, WA and ending in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 5.

Celebrating 20 plus years, the Journey of Hope teams hope to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. Push America was founded in 1977 with the hope of committing its members to enhance the lives of people with disabilities.

With the combined efforts of sponsors and individual team members, this year’s Journey of Hope will raise more than $520,000 on behalf of people with disabilities. Push America and Pi Kappa Phi have raised over $15 million to date and continue to be on the cutting edge of the disability movement.

For more information about this event or more on Push America’s summer programs, please contact Mark Cameron at 913-393-4453 or visit www.pushamerica.org.

Learn About the Border War and Civil War
at Free Mahaffie Event Thursday

Border War Showcase is the theme for this week’s Family Fun Night at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site.  The historic site, 1200 Kansas City Road, will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 12 with free admission and activities focusing on the Border War and Civil War.

See what life would have been like for a soldier and participate in marching drills.  See what’s cooking on Mrs. Mahaffie’s stove and try your skills at a variety of games typically played by children in the 19th century.

For a small fee, ride the stagecoach or make something to take home in the blacksmith shop.  Bring a picnic dinner to eat under the white tent.

As a special feature Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop is hosting representatives from area historical sites sharing information about the Civil War in Kansas and Missouri.

Visiting sites will include John Brown from the Battle of Black Jack, Wornall House, Battle of Westport, Adair Cabin, Jesse James Farm, Jackson County Historical Society, Bushwhacker Museum and Freedoms Frontier National Heritage Area.

Mahaffie will also host a traveling exhibit from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources through July 12.  The display, “A State Divided: Civil War in Missouri” covers the Civil War as well as the years leading up to the war including the Kansas/Missouri Border War.

Enjoy Family Fun Night each Thursday night in June and July, featuring free admission and small fees for some activities.  The first 100 visitors collect a different Wild West Character trading card.  Attend each week to collect all eight.

  • Border War Showcase – July 12
  • Kansas Farming – July 19 and July 26

The Civil War theme will continue with the Day Out with Frank and Ella youth program July 11 and 12.  Drop-in sessions for preschools, day cares, and other youth groups or individuals will be held Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon and Thursdays from noon to 3 p.m. throughout July.

Enjoy a different theme each week with hands on activities, crafts and a stagecoach ride (for participating youth).  Registration is encouraged but not required. To register, call (913) 971-5111. Cost is $5/youth; accompanying adults admitted free.

The historic site is open with living history activities and stagecoach rides from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

For a complete listing of events, visit www.mahaffie.org or call (913) 971-5111.

Olathe Police Explorers Program Accepting Applications through July 31

The Olathe Police Explorers Program is now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 program year.  The Olathe Police Department Explorer Post is designed to provide challenging knowledge and training for young people interested in a career in law enforcement.

Participants will receive hands on experience which will better prepare them for the realities of a career in law enforcement.  The Explorers are given the opportunity to perform numerous police officer tasks while not being placed in dangerous law enforcement situations.

The Olathe Police Explorers Program is a great way for youth to be involved in their community in a positive way.  The program will run from September 2012 to July 2013. Applications are available at the Olathe Police Department and are due on or before July 31, 2012.

For further information and requirements, visit www.OlatheKS.org/Police/Operations/Explorer.

Register Now for the Aug. 7 National Night Out Against Crime

On Tuesday night, Aug. 7, neighborhoods and apartment complexes throughout Olathe are invited to join forces with thousands of other communities nationwide for the “29th Annual National Night Out” crime and drug prevention event.

National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the Olathe Police Department in cooperation with the Olathe Fire Department and Johnson County Med-Act.

More than 15,325 communities from all 50 states are expected to participate in this year’s “America’s Night Out against Crime.” In all, over 37 million people participated in National Night Out in 2011.

National Night Out 2012 is expected to be the largest ever. Once again, Target is a corporate sponsor.

National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods and the police department are working together to fight back.

From 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. on Aug. 7, people in neighborhoods throughout Olathe are asked to turn on their outside lights and spend the evening outdoors with neighbors. Many neighborhoods will host a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, and contests.

Neighborhoods will receive visits from the Olathe Police Department, the Olathe Fire Department or Johnson County Med-Act.

If you would like more information regarding National Night or to register please call or email Specialist Beth Wegner at 971-6323.

“Julybration” Book Sale July 13-15

Find great buys at the Friends of the Olathe Public Library Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 13 and noon to 4 p.m. on July 14.  On July 15 from 1 to 3 p.m., take advantage of the Six-Bucks-a-Sack Sale; buy two, get two free. The sale is at the Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road.

Look through the huge selection of new or nearly new cookbooks – perfect for yourself or gift-giving!

Go back in time and enjoy looking through the collectible Little Golden Books.  Buy two, get two free

(equal or lesser value).  The sale also includes romance, hardback fiction, children’s and teens, mystery, business, inspiration, classics, sewing, biography, science fiction, textbooks, Christmas, nature, reference, CDs and DVDs.

All sales are final and checks or cash are accepted. Due to space limitations, no strollers or book carts are allowed at the sale.

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