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

Memorial Day reminders

Olathe High School buddy Carl  Hanson passed the following along to me in an email.

With Memorial Day Weekend coming up, I thought I would pass it along to you. When you see a vet, give ’em a kiss, a hug, or a handshake and say thanks! Continue reading

Olathe news briefs for week of Jan. 1, 2013

City Council

The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, Jan. 8 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).  To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at

Let’s Keep the New Year’s Holiday Safe
In an effort to ensure a safer and happier New Year’s holiday, residents are reminded that the possession, sale or use of fireworks in Olathe is prohibited.


City Holiday Schedule
City offices will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 1 for the New Year’s Day holiday.  Monday trash and recycling collection will occur on schedule.  The remainder of the holiday week, collection will be delayed by one day. For example, customers with a trash pick-up on Tuesday should have carts at the curb by 8 a.m. on Wednesday. Continue reading

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