To Whom It May Concern:  Merry Christmas

David Chartrand

David Chartrand

Every Christmas the mail brings warm holiday greetings from old friends who publish annual news updates about their families. These highly informative reports often are designed to resemble miniature newspapers, featuring many correctly spelled words and a year’s supply of exclamation marks.

I’ll bet you receive these, too.  I’ll bet yours are a lot like mine.

To All Our Dear Friends:
Hello and MERRY CHRISTMAS to all!!

Please forgive this somewhat impersonal holiday letter. We have so many friends we want to say hello to this time of year and our lives are so hectic there’s never enough time to remember everyone’s names.

2012 was a MEMORABLE year for the Richolson family!!! Continue reading

Advocacy is tedious, patient and lonely

But every once in a while you win: Ten tips to success

Freelance writer/editor

Instant gratification is a trait not often found in the souls of the good people who advocate for making the lives of people with disabilities better.

Fellow advocates, you know who you are.

All have embraced the hare-and-tortoise pace of change early in their disability civil-rights’ careers. And know that steady wins the race.

Advocacy is behind-the-scenes, unheralded, long-hours work that generally doesn’t get you on the evening news. It’s early morning trips to the state capitol or cramped flights to D.C. to meet with congressional leaders whose only goal is to get a picture with a person in a wheelchair. Continue reading

Olathe news briefs for the week of Dec. 2

City Council
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, December 3, 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  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.

Annual WinterFest and Mayor’s Tree Lighting December 6
It’s time to kick off the holiday season at the annual Olathe WinterFest, Friday, December 6 in the R.R. Osborne Plaza at Olathe City Hall.  The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and is highlighted by the Mayor’s Christmas Tree lighting.  The main stage will feature the arrival of Santa Claus, music groups from Olathe schools and a variety of local talent.  Food and warm beverages will be available for purchase.

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