Olathe news briefs for week of Oct. 1, 2012


City Council

The Olathe City Council meets Tuesday, Oct. 2 in the Council Chamber at City Hall. 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.

Fire Open House Showcases Department

The Olathe Fire Department Open House featuring free educational activities, demonstrations and refreshments will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 at Olathe Fire Station No. 1, 501 E. Old Hwy 56.

Activities for children and families include spraying water from a real hose, fire engine and station tours, meeting “Sparky” the talking robotic fire dog, hearing from experts about fire and life safety, emergency preparedness and the Community Emergency Response Team, as well as crash rescue and bomb squad demonstrations. Olathe Police Department officers also will conduct child car seat safety checks.

For more information about the fire department, visit www.olatheks.org/fire.

Women’s Self Defense Program Saturday

The T.A.K.E. (The Ali Kemp Education) Foundation Seminar returns to Olathe Parks and Recreation on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Millcreek Center, 311 E. Park St.

This FREE awareness and self-defense program for women does require pre-registration. To register, visit http://bit.ly/S61wiv. For more about the Ali Kemp Foundation and T.A.K.E. seminars, visit www.takedefense.org.

Cemetery Tour Tickets Going Fast
Tickets are still available for the popular Fall Cemetery Tours, but they are selling quickly.

The tours provide the opportunity to learn more about the historic Olathe Memorial Cemetery from Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site staff dressed in 19th century clothing. Tours start at 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13.

The theme for this year’s tours will be William Quantrill’s raid of Olathe on Sept. 7 1862. His band killed six men, looted Olathe businesses and damaged two Olathe newspaper offices.

Tour participants meet at Northview Elementary School, 905 N. Walker Ln. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Mahaffie, 1200 Kansas City Rd. or by calling 913-971-5111. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for children ages 5 to 11.

All details of these upcoming fun fall events can be found at www.mahaffie.org.

Olathe Public Library to Complete Lighting Upgrades

Library patrons for the next couple of months will start noticing improvements to the lighting at Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park St.

Teague Electric will begin work during the overnight hours Monday, Oct. 1 to be the least destructive to patrons and staff. If it is necessary to close a section of the library during the day, staff will be able to retrieve materials for the public.

The project, funded by the library’s capital improvement fund, will be completed in eight phases. At this time, there are no plans to close the library during normal operating hours. Completion is slated for late November.

For more information, contact Library Director Emily Baker at 913-971-6880 or ebaker@olatheks.org.

Prescription Drug Disposal Offered

If you missed the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday in Olathe, don’t fret. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the Regional Prevention Center to offer a permanent Prescription Drug Take-Back Drop Box at the county courthouse in downtown Olathe. The location at 100 N. Kansas Ave. is open 24 hours per day, seven days a week.


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