Olathe news briefs for week of Feb. 25, 2013

City Council

The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, March 5 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 www.OlatheKS.org.


Winter Weather Preparation
The second major winter storm in less than a week is set to hit the metro Monday afternoon.  If predictions are correct, it could be more significant than the recent storm that left nearly a foot of snow throughout the city.  In preparation for significant accumulation, we can all work together to keep the community safe. Continue reading

Year of the Snake

Celebrating the Chinese New Year, The Year of the Snake, in Seattle…

Brunch in the Space Needle

Wife Terri and I recently were in Seattle to visit daughter Jessica and her fiancee Eric and the last day there they treated us to brunch in the Space Needle, which was built for the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962.

The view was tremendous and the food was superb! Enjoy the trip.


Kurtz-Pokorny engagement

With Donald Duck officiating, Jessica Kurtz, formerly of Olathe, Kan., and Eric Pokorny, formerly of Burbank, Calif., become engaged. An Aug. 10 wedding is planned in Seattle.

With Donald Duck officiating, Jessica Kurtz, formerly of Olathe, Kan., and Eric Pokorny, formerly of Burbank, Calif., become engaged. An Aug. 10 wedding is planned in Seattle.

Chuck and Terri Kurtz of Olathe, Kan., are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Olathe North 2001 graduate Jessica Kurtz, to Eric Pokorny, son of Oscar and Angela Pokorny, Burbank, Calif.

Eric and Jessica live in Seattle, Wash., where they met on a Santa Pub Crawl in 2009. They share a love of travel, food and wine and recently went to Walt Disney World where Eric enlisted the help of Donald Duck to ask Jessica to marry him.

Jessica, who graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a degree in theater management, currently works in fundraising for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and is a board member for Youth in Focus, a Seattle non-profit after-school program that uses intensive photography to help disadvantaged teens.

Eric is a media designer at Starbucks Coffee where he will be celebrating 19 years of service in 2013.

The wedding is planned for Aug. 10, 2013, in Seattle….on a boat!


Colorado or Bust! … is a bust!


What’s that old saying about the best laid plans?

My gear was packed. The motorcycle was ready to go with new plugs, air filter and front brake pads. It was cleaned, the chrome was polished and everything was ready for my brother Mark and me to leave Saturday morning for a week-long motorcycle trip to Colorado and the Rocky Mountains.

I was sitting in my comfy front-room chair watching television when the phone rang. Continue reading

Slideshow of granddaughter Alexandra’s visit

Our oldest granddaughter Alexandra came back from Seattle with us and was here five days before her dad, our oldest son Rob, got here from his home in Colorado. They stayed another five days before heading back to Aspen.

We had a great time and here is a slideshow of just a few of the photos I took.

Next on my agenda is putting together a slideshow of our time with youngest daughter Jessica in Seattle.

And then putting together some videos.

Kids and grandkids sure keep a person busy. I wonder how I ever had time for work!!!!

Parting shots of Dylan and Carys

Getting back into the routine can be difficult after so much time away being with grandkids, being with your kids far away, and then having kids and grandkids at your house when you come home.

But Terri and I wouldn’t change a thing. We had a great time hosting daughter Sherri and her kids, Dylan and Carys, 5-4, from Colorado for two weeks at the end of June.

Here are some parting shots put together in a slideshow. Enjoy! Continue reading

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