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This holiday season is last chance to visit the 1950s All-Electric House at the current Shawnee location
November 24, 2015

Want to take a step back in time and experience a 1950s-style Christmas? Starting Saturday, November 28, “A Very Fifties Christmas” adorns the 1950s All-Electric House in the space age style of a 1950s holiday and will be open for tours. This is the public's last chance to tour the 1950s All-Electric House at its current home behind the Johnson County Museum in Shawnee. At the end of this year’s holiday season, the 1950s All-Electric House will close in preparation for the Museum’s 2017 move to the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center at 8788 Metcalf in Overland Park. More information is available in our news release.

Let's talk turkey
November 23, 2015

Though preparing a turkey might seem like old hat, it never hurts to review the basics of safe handling and cooking prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. Here are some reminders from the USDA and CDC:

  • While frozen, a turkey is safe indefinitely. As soon as it begins to thaw, bacteria that may have been present before freezing will begin to grow again.
  • It’s safe to cook a frozen turkey, though cooking time will be 50 percent longer.
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and warm water to properly clean them.
  • Bacteria, which can be present inside and outside a turkey, can’t be washed off the bird. Cooking is the only way to destroy this potentially dangerous bacteria.
  • Your bird is not safe until it reaches 165 degrees and you will need a meat thermometer to measure temperature (you can’t tell by the color).
  • Refrigerate leftovers within two hours after mealtime.
  • Leftovers stay safe in the fridge for three to four days.
  • Remember, bacteria that cause foodborne illnesses can’t be smelled or tasted!

Click here for more turkey preparation tips.

If you need help with your holiday cooking and baking, Johnson County K-State Research Extension Master Food Volunteers are available to answer your questions for free! Just call the hotline at 913-715-7070, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. You can also email them at food.help@jocogov.org. Note the hotline will not be available on Thanksgiving day or the day after. Get more information about this free resource online here.

Two opportunities for fun at Ernie Miller Nature Center
November 20, 2015

Looking for family-friendly weekend fun? Ernie Miller Nature Center's got you covered with two events on Saturday that are sure to delight the entire family. Both events will take place indoors at Ernie Miller Nature Center (909 N. K-7 Highway, Olathe, KS 66061) and advanced registration is not necessary.

Tellebration 2015 | 10:30–11:30 a.m.

Want to hear a good story? Come celebrate the International Day of Storytelling at the Ernie Miller Nature Center. Hear nature stories with live animals. These stories will combine themes of environmental awareness and ancient myths. They will delight audiences of all ages. This enriching event is just $3 per person, including adults and is paid at the site. 

Ernie Miller Nature Center’s 30th Birthday | 1:00–4:00 p.m.

For 30 years, Ernie Miller Nature Center has been a place for the young and young-at-heart to make memories, enjoy nature and have fun. Whether you’ve been frequenting the facility for years or have never visited, you’re invited to help celebrate this milestone. The festivities will include stories, animal presentations, guided nature walks, a memory wall, crafts and so much more. 

For more information about either event, call the center at 913-764-7759.

We saved more than $6 million dollars today!
November 19, 2015

A “Triple Triple-A” credit rating helped Johnson County save $6.1 million today when we we issued refunding bonds to pay off older debt obligations at a lower interest rate. Please read more about this story in our news release.

BOCC proclaims Nov. 19 as World Toilet Day
November 19, 2015

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) proclaimed Nov. 19 as World Toilet Day during its weekly meeting this morning. Not familiar with World Toilet Day? Here's the scoop.

On July 24, 2013, the United Nations (UN) designated November 19 as World Toilet Day — an annual, international observance dedicated to the toilet, meant to draw attention to the worldwide sanitation picture and its impact on health, safety and the environment. According to the UN:

  • One in three people around the globe still don’t have access to a clean and safe toilet
  • Approximately 1,000 children die each day due to poor sanitation
  • Improved sanitation could save the lives of one million children per year who would otherwise succumb to diarrhoeal diseases

Since 1990, 1.8 billion people gained access to adequate sanitation. However, progress on improving access to sanitation has actually slowed in the past five years. The Millennium Development Goal target to reduce by half the proportion of the population without access to sanitation is at serious risk. In fact, in 2015 more people lack access to sanitation facilities, rather than fewer.

The short video, Where You Go Matters, offers further insight into this problem.

Those who are interested in more information, including how to support the work of the World Toilet Organization may visit worldtoilet.org.

Latest statistics on Johnson County suicides reported
November 18, 2015

The Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition released the latest statistics on suicides in our community and reported on its 2015 prevention efforts. More information is availalbe in this news release.