Olathe news briefs for the week of June 29

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, July 7, at 7 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).  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.

City of Olathe hosts annual fireworks show

The City of Olathe will host its annual fireworks show on Saturday, July 4, at the Great Mall of the Great Plains, 20700 W. 151st Street. The show begins at 9:30 p.m. Spectators are encouraged to arrive early to find parking and set-up a viewing spot.

July 5 is the rain date in the event of inclement weather.

The Bang on Fireworks
In 2014, 47 percent of the reported 158 firework-related injuries in Kansas occurred on July 4, according to the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office. Of those 158 injuries, 39 percent were to the hand and 34 percent were to the face and eyes.

Some sparklers, a holiday favorite, burn at temperatures up to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit, which is as hot as volcano lava. The possession, sale or use of fireworks in Olathe is prohibited in an effort to keep families safe.

“Let’s help ensure a safe and patriotic holiday by leaving fireworks to the professionals,” said Olathe Fire Chief Jeff DeGraffenreid.

July 4 holiday schedule for City facilities, library
City offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, to mark the Independence Day holiday.  Residential trash and recycling collection will remain on schedule.  However, the Olathe Transfer Station and Compost Facility will be closing at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 4. The Olathe Community Center will be closed on Saturday, July 4. City pools will close at 6 p.m. The Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park, and the Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road, will be closed on Saturday, July 4, and Sunday, July 5.

Storm debris removal

Storm debris bulk pick-up will be offered free of charge until Friday, July 10, in response to last Thursday night’s storm. Bulk pick-up is for large items and must be scheduled in advance by calling 913-971-9311. The deadline to reserve a time for the free service is Thursday, July 2.

Small storm debris branches can be put with regular yard waste. Cut branches no more than four feet in length, securely tie them in bundles, and place them within eight feet of the curb by 8 a.m. on your scheduled collection day.

Olathe residents can also drop-off storm debris at the City Composting Facility at 127th Street and Hedge Lane, free of charge. The facility is open Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Note that Hedge Lane is closed between Surrey Street and Santa Fe Street. Take Santa Fe Street west to Moonlight Road, follow Moonlight Road north to 127th Street, and then follow 127th Street east to Hedge Lane.

Visit olatheks.org/oms/yardwaste for additional information.

#AskOlathe social media budget event Tuesday, July 7

Join the social conversation during the #AskOlathe budget event Tuesday, July 7, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Submit your 2016/2017 budget questions live on Facebook and Twitter using #AskOlathe and city officials will respond. Questions about the budget or the event can be directed to 913-971-8671 or budgetcomments@olatheks.org.

Day Out with Frank and Ella

Independence Day activities will be featured on Wednesday, July 1, and Thursday, July 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Sing patriotic songs, watch the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and play 19th century games. Stagecoach rides, blacksmith demonstrations and Mahaffie home visits will also be offered. Day Out with Frank and Ella is open to preschools, daycares, and other youth groups or individuals. Registration is encouraged for groups of 10 or more. Call 913-971-5111 to register. Cost is $5/youth. Accompanying adults are admitted free. 

19th Century Independence Day and Fireworks at Mahaffie
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 Kansas City Road, will kick-off Independence Day activities with a family fun night beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 2.  Admission is free, but a fee will be charged for some activities including stagecoach rides.

Independence Day in the 1860s was the biggest holiday of the year, especially for the Mahaffie family who hosted events while living at the farm.

The evenings schedule is planned to include:

6:30 p.m.: 1860s batting practice – all skill levels can learn about 1860s baseball rules

7:00 p.m.: Patriotic Kids Parade – decorate your bike, stroller, or wagon to celebrate America
7:30 p.m.: Concert by the Olathe Civic Band
8:30 p.m.: Cowboy Costume Contest – dress as a cowboy to win Wild West Day tickets
8:45 p.m.: Patriotic Music Medley
9:15 p.m.: Reading of the Declaration of Independence followed by a cannon firing
9:30 p.m.: 19th Century ground display fireworks

Food will be available for purchase. Park in the Heritage Center parking lot.

Help name Mahaffie’s new lambs

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop has two female Merino lambs; and visitors can help select their names! Visitors will receive a ballot to select one pair of names while visiting the lambs in the Agricultural Heritage Livestock Barn. Voting takes place until Thursday, July 2 at 8 p.m. The names will be announced prior to the 19th century fireworks at the Thursday, July 2 Family Fun Night. Visit mahaffie.org for details.

Friends of the Olathe Public Library Scholarship Winners Announced

Olathe public library youth volunteers, Emma Clark and Michael Hund, have been awarded $500 scholarships in memory of Curtis Gilmore. Gilmore was an active youth volunteer until his death in 2007, shortly before he graduated from Olathe North High School.

Emma Clark began volunteering with her family in 2004 at the Olathe Indian Creek Library. She has completed 450 hours of service. Clark is an Olathe East High School graduate. She will attend the University of Tulsa.

Michael Hund began volunteering in 2010 at the Downtown Library. He has completed 354 hours of service. Hund is a graduate of Olathe Northwest High School. He will attend Johnson County Community College.

The Friends of the Olathe Public Library Board funds the scholarship with proceeds from the annual Novel Tea event.

Featured events at the library
Look no further than the Olathe Library for fun and educational activities this summer:

  • Health Information Clinic, Wednesday, July 1, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S Black Bob Road and Tuesday, July 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park Street. Have your blood pressure checked by members of the Olathe Fire Department, obtain health information from a librarian, and consult with a dental hygienist and nurse practitioner. Fluoride rinses will be available for children. No appointment is needed.
  • Flying Debris Program for Kids, Wednesday, July 1, 1:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Community Church, 12480 S. Black Bob Road. Richard Holmgren of Flying Debris will display his juggling skills. The program is for children going into first through fifth grades. Parents and siblings are also welcome. Tickets will be handed out at the door starting at 1:15 p.m. Registration is not required. Space is limited.
  • Tuesday Tunes with Betse Ellis, Tuesday, July 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park Street. Join an acoustic jam session led by Betse Ellis, a founding member of The Wilders. She recently joined with Clarke Wyatt to create the duo Betse & Clarke. She plays fiddle and tenor guitar. Bring a tune, share a song or just listen. Registration is not required.

Visit Events at OlatheLibrary.org for a complete list of events and details.

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