Signs of spring — finally!

Finally some nice weather to enjoy the outdoors. Here are some Mothers’ Day photos taken at the Overland Park Arboretum. Enjoy!

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Beefing up the Click It or Ticket enforcement

Beginning Monday, May 20, and continuing through Sunday June 2, drivers can expect increased police presence on Olathe’s streets as the Olathe Police Department joins more than 150 other law enforcement agencies in aggressively enforcing Kansas occupant restraint and other traffic laws as part of the 2013 Kansas Click It or Ticket traffic enforcement campaign.

This activity is supported by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT).

Expect strict enforcement of the Safety Belt Use and Child Passenger Safety Acts. Briefly, these acts require that all occupants must be appropriately restrained. Occupants, ages 14 and over are cited individually. In the event that a passenger under the age of 14 is unrestrained, the driver will be cited. Children under the age of 4 must be secured in an approved child safety seat. Children ages 4 through 7, must be securely belted in an approved booster seat unless taller than 4 feet 9 inches or heavier than 80 pounds. Children ages 8 through 13, must be safety-belted. In addition, the act prohibits persons under the age of 14 from riding in any part of a vehicle not intended for carrying passengers, such as a pickup bed.

The aim of Click It or Ticket is simple: to drastically reduce the number of preventable deaths and injuries that occur when unbelted drivers and passengers are involved in traffic crashes. According to KDOT’s Traffic Safety section, over two thirds of those killed in crashes are not belted in. Just as striking is the fact that about 89 percent of crash survivors who suffer no injuries at all are belted in. In other words, an unrestrained occupant has only about an 11 percent chance of not being injured in a crash. All for simply not taking two seconds to buckle up.

Olathe news briefs for the week of May 13

City Council

The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, May 20 at 7:00 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). To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at

Indian Creek Trail Detour Planned

Beginning in early June, sections of Indian Creek trail between Black Bob and Pflumm will be closed to accommodate construction of the 127th Street Improvement project.  Detours will be provided.  Trail users are asked to follow the detour signs and use extra caution in and around the detour areas. The project is planned to begin June 3 and expected to last 18 months. Additional questions can be directed to Therese Mersmann, project manager in Public Works, 913-971-9032 or Continue reading

Dolly Parton honors former Olathe teacher

Don Everhart and Dolly Parton.

Don Everhart and Dolly Parton.

Don Everhart, a 1974 Kansas Teacher of the Year, of Olathe,  was presented the 2013 Chasing Rainbow Award on May 11 at Dollywood.

Dolly Parton personally presented this prestigious award to the former Rolling Ridge Elementary School teacher. Everhart and his wife Cheryl were guests of the Dollywood Foundation in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., for two days of exciting events culminating in the acceptance of this award. Parton gives this distinguished award annually to a teacher who has overcome great obstacles in his/her life and is making a difference in the lives of children.

Don and Cheryl created Main Street, U.S.A. in 2002, a field trip filled with interactive geography lessons, which has reached nearly 55,000 elementary students. Parton presented him with a monetary award to be used for this special program.

Don taught in Olathe from 1965-2001 and in Hillsdale, Kan., from 2001-2002. Mike McRoberts, a former student nominated Everhart for this award and said, “Don Everhart has spent a lifetime caring for the young children of our community. He has received many awards, but the true color of Don is his genuine love for what he does.”

This award will be permanently displayed in the Chasing Rainbows Museum at Dollywood.

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