KanCare topic of Town Hall session

Rep. John Rubin of Shawnee and Rep. Arlen Siegfreid of Olathe will host a town hall meeting from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, April 29, at the Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for a reasoned and respectful exchange of information, suggestions and ideas between administration representatives, KanCare managed care contractors, and the families and representatives of Kansans with developmental disabilities and their home and community-based services providers.

Invited attendees include Shawn Sullivan, Department for Aging and Disability Services secretary, and representatives of the three health insurance companies, which have contracted to provide Medicaid managed care services in Kansas, Amerigroup of Kansas, Inc., Sunflower State Health Plan, and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Kansas .

Following the town hall meeting, legislators will have an opportunity to meet privately with Sullivan to discuss questions and issues raised in the meeting.


Johnson County news briefs

Our Mission public health clinic and offices are getting a makeover this spring. The Mission office (6000 Lamar Ave.) is closed for most services through July 2013. The WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program will continue to operate out of the Mission location in a temporary office during the remodel. Follow the signs to the temporary office.

Johnson County is supporting a new community garden that will grow fresh produce for the Kansas WIC (Women, Infants and Children) clients. The goal of the WIC Community Garden is to educate, empower and feed the clients in the Kansas WIC program, creating a healthier community. A kickoff event to celebrate the garden project is scheduled for Friday, May 10th at 11:00 a.m. at the garden located at 11875 S. Sunset Drive, Olathe, KS 66061. Bring your gloves.

The Johnson County Library Foundation is seeking public nominations for the 2013 Pinnacle Awards. The Pinnacle Award recognizes Excellence in: the Arts; Advocacy and Public Engagement; Business and Entrepreneurship; and Literacy and Education. Honorees have demonstrated excellence in their professional field or philanthropic pursuits.

Join us for this traditional celebration of Spring! Dance around the Maypole to music of Marianne Carter from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 27, at the Lanesfield Historic School Site, 18745 S. Dillie road, Edgerton. Make a May Basket while enjoying free refreshments. Deocrate your wagon or bike and parade it around the grounds. A May Day King and Queen will be crowned after a vote by their subjects! This is a FREE event.


Smart Justice Day is April 27

Johnson County is sponsoring a “Smart Justice Day”, a celebration of National County Government Month in April that features a public event for citizens to learn more about local criminal justice programs and public safety services.

It will be from 9 to 11 a.m., Saturday, April 27, at the Youth and Family Services Center, 920 West Spruce, Olathe.

Participants, including Johnson County Department of Corrections, Sheriff’s Office, Courts Services, and Mental Health’s Regional Prevention Center, will set up displays featuring their contributions to a safer community.

Opportunities for individuals and families include:
•    Try on electronic monitoring equipment, aka ankle transmitter, used by the House Arrest Program of the Corrections Department to see how it works and what it’s used for;
•    Participate as a young juror in Youth Court, a program offered by Court Services, a division of Johnson County District Courts; and,
•    Tour the mobile Command Center, sit on a motorcycle, or see the inside a patrol car of the Sheriff’s Office.

There will be exhibits at 24 presentation tables offering information about “Smart Justice” programs and services.

Refreshments will be provided.


Drug Take Back Day April 27

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Price Chopper and Hen House Markets will be hosting Prescription Drug Take Back Day across Johnson County on Saturday, April 27.

Residents can take all of their old prescription drugs from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the locations listed below.

“The abuse of prescription drugs continues to be of great concern to the Johnson County community,” said Johnson County Sheriff Frank Denning. “The Drug Take Back program and our partnership with Price Chopper and Hen House Markets provide a safe and simple way for the community to help us fight prescription drug abuse” Continue reading

Collaborative educator program marks 20th year

The Olathe Public Schools and Emporia State University (ESU) will hold a 20th anniversary celebration for their collaborative Professional Development School (PDS) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 in the Instructional Resource Center, 14090 Black Bob Road. All former principals, mentors and ESU interns who participated in the program are encouraged to attend.

Twenty years ago, a group of four educators from the district and ESU discussed the possibility of a joint program to benefit current and future teachers. The group included Jack Skillett and Tes Mehring of ESU and Alison Banikowski and LuAnn Hermreck from the district. Skillett, then dean of the Teacher’s College at ESU, suggested preparing teachers in the same way that physicians learn their skills: in a practical, hands-on learning environment. Continue reading

Travel, tourism focus of Olathe Chamber’s Business Lunch Series

The Olathe Chamber of Commerce will present the second event in its 2013 Business Lunch Series, “Travel & Tourism,” Friday, May 10. The luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Olathe’s newest hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn, 12080 S. Strang Line Rd., and will feature a panel discussion focused on some of the efforts underway throughout Olathe and the KC metro aimed at attracting visitors and enhancing tourism.

This luncheon is being held in conjunction with National Travel and Tourism week.

Panelists will discuss two topics of interest in our region right now pertaining to travel and tourism – air transportation and a new full‐service hotel. Continue reading

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