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A Father’s Letter to Santa

David Chartrand

David Chartrand

(EDITOR’S NOTE:  This essay was first published 20 Christmases ago, on the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal. It launched my career as a newspaper columnist and author.  It also made my son the most popular kid at school, at least among kindergarteners who read The Wall Street Journal.

The piece has since been republished in newspapers, magazines and Web sites around the world. It was included in the first “Christmas Soup for the Soul” anthology as among the most memorable Christmas essays of all time. On Tuesday morning (12.24.13) at 7:55 am CST, the piece will be “performed” by syndicated radio talk show host Bruce Elliott (WILM/1450 AM/Dover, DE)). Elliot has done a live reading of “A Father’s Letter” every Christmas Eve for the past 20 years.)

Dear Santa:

My five-year-old boy scribbled out his Christmas list. It’s there by the fireplace. The Coke and M&Ms are from him, in case you’re hungry. You know 5-year-olds these days. The Cheezits are from me.

Santa, if you don’t mind, I thought I’d go ahead and leave my list, too.  It’s long, but do what you can.
It’s all I want for Christmas. Continue reading

Cooper charged in Edgerton murder

Gregory B. David Cooper has been charged with second degree murder in the death of Tyler Matthew Knudsen during an altercation that took place at the Boxcar Bar & Grill on Saturday, Dec. 19.  The bond in the case has been set at $250,000 with his next court appearance scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 11:30 a.m.

Any further inquiries can be directed to the Johnson County Kansas District Attorney’s Office.

At approximately 9:45 p.m. on Saturday Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a physical disturbance at the Boxcar Bar & Grill, 100 E 2nd Street, in Edgerton where they found Knudsen’s body.

This is an ongoing investigation by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.  There was a suspect taken into custody at the scene with charges pending.

No other details available at this time.

Olathe news briefs for the week of Dec. 21

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, Jan. 5, 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 holiday schedule
City of Olathe offices will close at noon on Thursday, Dec. 24 and remain closed on Friday, Dec. 25 for the Christmas holiday.  Trash and recycling collection will occur on schedule Monday through Thursday.  Friday collection will be delayed by one day. Friday customers should have carts at the curb by 8 a.m. on Saturday. 

Download the Olathe Trash Day mobile application or visit OlatheKS.org/TrashDay to sign up for weekly trash day reminders via text, email, Twitter, and phone call. Users can also print customized calendars for their address. Continue reading

Olathe news briefs for the week of Dec. 14

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, Dec. 15, 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.

Foster a pet this holiday season
The Olathe Animal Shelter is looking to place pets this holiday season as part of the National “Home for the Holidays” pet fostering program. Across the country, over 13,000 pet rescue organizations are encouraging pet adoption by allowing residents to foster an animal during the holidays in hopes of giving the pet a permanent home.

The program is open to Olathe residents only.  Residents can begin to select pets on Wednesday, Dec. 16.  Those who wish to do so will be allowed to return the animal to the shelter on Monday, Dec. 28. Certain restrictions will apply. Contact the shelter for further details. Continue reading

MNU memos…

Finals Week Stress Relief

Dec. 14—Puppies in the Library!

10 a.m.

Puppy hugs and kisses go a long way to relieve the stress of finals. Not just for students–staff and faculty are welcome too. Thanks to Emily Hawkins (’06) of Great Plains SPCA (see the newsroom story) who will facilitate the visit by the puppies to Mabee Library!

Dec. 14 & 15—Let’s Get Moving in School!

Sponsored by the Sports Management and Physical Education Programs Continue reading

Expect research phone calls soon

As the Olathe School District continues to assess its facility needs, it is working with a a research group to gather information. Beginning soon, the external research group will be conducting a random sampling of research phone calls to district patrons to gather input.

Arbor Creek welcomes historical figures

Pioneer author Laura Ingalls Wilder, aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, Native American Pocahontas and British explorer Captain James Cook stood very still as they waited for visitors to come press their activation button (a mark on their hand). Photos by Marlene Colgan

Pioneer author Laura Ingalls Wilder, aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, Native American Pocahontas and British explorer Captain James Cook stood very still as they waited for visitors to come press their activation button (a mark on their hand). Photos by Marlene Colgan

From the Olathe School District

History came to life at Arbor Creek Elementary School when Pocahontas, Jackie Robinson, John F. Kennedy and Clara Barton visited as part of a fifth-grade research project. The annual historical figures wax museum was a chance for Carrie Hoffman and Bryon Autrey’s fifth-graders to share what they’d learned about notable people with their parents and younger students at Arbor Creek.

Autrey provides a list of these figures to his students and then draws numbers to see which student gets first pick, etc.

“The list has plenty of people to choose from,” he said. From United States presidents to aviation pioneers to scientists and explorers, the list has something for everyone. Continue reading

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