Celebrate National Fire Prevention Week with Olathe FD

Celebrate FPW™ with us at the Olathe Fire Department’s Annual Open House on Sunday, October 13, from noon to 4 pm at Station 1 (501 E. Old Hwy 56).

At the Open House:

• Free flu shots while supplies last courtesy of Olathe Medical Center.
• Free refreshments while supplies last.
• Talk to safety experts.
• Kids can spray water from a real fire hose.
• Meet Olathe firefighters.
• See Olathe fire trucks and equipment.
• Watch a car crash rescue demonstration.
• Get a peek of Sparky® the robotic fire dog.
• Watch a bomb squad exhibition.
• Get a child safety seat check from Olathe police officers.

Any significant event changes will be shared by “OlatheFire” via Facebook and Twitter. Interpreters will be available for people who are deaf or speak Spanish. Bottled water donated by Wal-Mart. Hot dogs grilled as a courtesy by Atmos Energy. Vehicle for the crash rescue demonstration contributed by Don’s Body Shop.


Prairie Village man fighting KanCare service reduction

By Jim McLean
KHI News Service

TOPEKA — Finn Bullers told legislators today that he believes a planned reduction in the in-home KanCare services he receives is an example of how the state’s new Medicaid managed care program is failing needy citizens.

But officials in the administration of Gov. Sam Brownback said cases like Bullers’ show the need for tighter management of the taxpayer-funded healthcare program that is straining state budgets.

Bullers, a 49-year-old Prairie Village man who suffers from Muscular Dystrophy, detailed his complaints about KanCare to a legislative committee charged with overseeing KanCare, the administration’s managed-care program launched Jan. 1. Continue reading

OPINION: Letter-writing campaign targets KanCare ruling

Prairie Village man fights major cut in care hours

Freelance writer/editor

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. — Many of you kind folks have been following via social media the struggle my family and I are facing under KanCare to receive the doctor-ordered care I need to stay alive, raise my two children and be a contributing member of society.

It has not been easy.

But with a well-written letter to members of the state managed-care oversight committee, known as KanCare, perhaps together we can rattle some cages and make a difference — not just for me, but for the remaining 379,999 other Kansas who face a reduction in caregiver hours.

This effort becomes significantly more important considering the fact that KanCare is a pilot program for manage care and if it is deemed successful by Kansas politicians, it will be imported to other states across the nation. Continue reading

Cookin’ on the Kaw BBQ Contest Oct. 11-12

Tickets still are available for the 10th Annual Cookin’ on the Kaw BBQ Contest sponsored by Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ and is a blues & bbq festival at the De Soto Riverfest Park Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12.

People also can purchase People’s Choice tickets for $5 to sample teams’ chicken drummie entries and vote on their favorite. Tickets are available online only and there are just 200 available for the People’s Choice.

Attendees must have an admission ticket in order to participate in the People’s Choice Contest sponsored by Henry T’s.

The blues concert begins at 6 p.m. with Bluzville, Piper Leigh and the Smoking Section, and 51% Blues.

This is a rain or shine event.

For more information, visit www.cookinonthekaw.com or call the De Soto Chamber of Commerce at 913-583-1585.

To see what other events are taking place in and around Olathe this weekend and throughout October, click on the Calendar tab at the top of the page.

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