Olathe news briefs for the week of Dec. 23

City Council
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, January 7, 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 OlatheKS.org.  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 Tuesday, December 24 and remain closed on December 25 for the Christmas holiday. Monday and Tuesday trash recycling collection will occur on schedule. City offices will also be closed on January 1 for the New Year’s holiday. Monday and Tuesday trash and recycling collection will occur on schedule. Continue reading

Chartrand…

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

No bargain is worth holiday shopping mania

Chuck Kurtz

Chuck Kurtz

When it comes to getting a good deal, well, I’m right there — at the head of the line if possible.

But you’ll never — NEVER — catch me pitching a tent on a concrete sidewalk next to a store front’s sliding glass doors days before the Black Friday sales begin, or in the case of this year for what now is being labeled Brown Thursday. Besides, it would be my luck I would end up not hearing the alarm clock, over-sleeping and then waking up to the sounds of people shuffling past the tent on their way into the store.

In my 63 years, I’ve taken part in two — just two — of what I have come to label as shopping hysteria calamity. The first one took place nearly 30 years ago at the Olathe Feeney’s Hallmark store. It was the big “sale” day after Christmas and wife Terri desperately wanted a Christmas tree ornament she was collecting that was to go on sale. Only she had to work.

So I “volunteered” to go buy it for her. Continue reading

Enjoy the holiday seasons of the past at the Johnson County Museum

Starting this Saturday, Nov. 30, the Johnson County Museum offers two ways to step back in time and enjoy the holiday season.

A Very Fifties Christmas, hosted by The 1950s All-Electric House at the Johnson County Museum, 6305 Lackman Road, Shawnee, showcases the holiday celebrations and space age decorations of a 1950s holiday. Throughout the house there are trendy examples of homemade and commercial Christmas decorating ideas, many of which will be familiar to the babyboomer generation as they come directly from the pages of 1950s women’s magazines like Family Circle and Good Housekeeping. Continue reading

Olathe news briefs for the week of Nov. 18

City Council
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, November 19, 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 OlatheKS.org.  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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Olathe’s ‘Santa Claus’ dead at 81

Marvin 'Doc' Wollen dead at 81. Family photo

Marvin ‘Doc’ Wollen dead at 81. Family photo

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Much of the following information was provided by Wollen’s daughter, Cathy Maxwell.)

Long-time optometrist, community activist, community Santa Claus, and for years the voice of the Johnson County Old Settlers Parade, Marvin “Doc” Wollen, died peacefully at his home this morning, Tuesday, Sept. 10.

He was 81.

According to his daughter, Cathy Maxwell, funeral services will be Monday, Sept 16, 2013 at Grace United Methodist Church. Visitation is scheduled for 9 a.m. with services starting at 10:30. Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. in Garnett.

Wollen will be most remembered by thousands of children for his role as Santa Claus.  He was talked into being the “right jolly old elf” for the first time by his oldest daughter’s kindergarten teacher.  The suit and the part was a natural fit for him and he continued to entertain Olathe School District children as well as appearing at numerous charity and community events as Santa for a total of forty-nine years.  He is also known for his support of local football teams with his infamous watermelon feeds during summer practices.  Continue reading

2012: Year of the theme parks

Grandpa Chuck, Sherri and Carys repelling an attack while riding the River Blast.

Grandpa Chuck, Sherri and Carys repelling an attack while riding the River Blast.

Mention a theme park and, well, I’m ready to go. Roller coasters, bumper cars, rides that spin you around and upside down, the games and, yes back then, even the carnival-type food with its tantalizing aroma drifting throughout the park make up some of my most cherished childhood memories.

And theme parks were just as much fun for me when my kids became old enough to take them.

Needless-to-say, I’ve always enjoyed going to theme parks. But in the past few years, the visits to these wonderful places have been few and far between and I figured my attraction to getting on a roller coaster that drops you 60 feet in two seconds and travels through corkscrews at 70-plus miles an hour, had waned and given out to old age.

I was wrong! Continue reading

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