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

Alleged scam is urban legend

This is a scam that can be done anywhere: retail, wholesale, any location. Or so the story goes.

Allegedly it happened to a person who had purchased items at a Wal-Mart. But, according to, this reported scam is nothing more than an urban legend.

Here is what is alleged: Continue reading

Celebrate National Fire Prevention Week with Olathe FD

Celebrate FPW™ with us at the Olathe Fire Department’s Annual Open House on Sunday, October 13, from noon to 4 pm at Station 1 (501 E. Old Hwy 56).

At the Open House:

• Free flu shots while supplies last courtesy of Olathe Medical Center.
• Free refreshments while supplies last.
• Talk to safety experts.
• Kids can spray water from a real fire hose.
• Meet Olathe firefighters.
• See Olathe fire trucks and equipment.
• Watch a car crash rescue demonstration.
• Get a peek of Sparky® the robotic fire dog.
• Watch a bomb squad exhibition.
• Get a child safety seat check from Olathe police officers.

Any significant event changes will be shared by “OlatheFire” via Facebook and Twitter. Interpreters will be available for people who are deaf or speak Spanish. Bottled water donated by Wal-Mart. Hot dogs grilled as a courtesy by Atmos Energy. Vehicle for the crash rescue demonstration contributed by Don’s Body Shop.


Ways for men to get out of shopping — permanently!

OK, guys, we’ve all had that feeling when we’ve heard our wives say, “I need to go to the store and the mall and I want you to go.”

Just writing that creates tingling shutters to travel through my body and tickle my spine. And we’ve all tried to get out of accompanying our other halves on these oh-so-boring outings with varying excuses: mowing the lawn, changing the oil in the car, raking leaves, even washing clothes but usually to no avail.

Well, guys, keep reading and find out how you can get out of those shopping excursions forever — that’s right — forever and even have some fun along the way. I wish I could take credit for coming up with these ideas, but I can’t because this bit of information was passed on to me by my cousin Kenny.

I don’t know if all this is true and don’t really care because not only is it clever and plausible, it also is pretty darn funny… Continue reading

Third Annual Olathe’s Got Talent set for April 20

The 3rd Annual Olathe’s Got Talent contest, sponsored by the Olathe Noon Optimist Club, has been scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday, April 20, at Olathe Northwest High School, 21300 College Boulevard.

Admission is $8 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased by calling 913-829-3720 or by emailing

Olathe’s Got Talent is a program designed to show-case Olathe’s student talent from second grade through senior high. More than 60 students were auditioned and the Top Twenty were selected to perform in this year’s show.

The real problem for consumers: oil speculators

According to leaked emails by top Wal-Mart officials, February has not been a good month financially for the retail giant.

Bloomeberg’s BusinessInsider reports the emails term February as a “total disaster” and blame the expiration of the payroll tax cuts for the weak sales.

“Where are the customers…Where’s their money?” asked Cameron Geiger, the company’s senior vice president for U.S. Replenishment. Continue reading

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