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Enjoy the updated version of Senior Fest
October 13, 2017

Formerly known as Senior Fest, this popular free event has been refreshed with a new name and a new venue.

Spend the afternoon of Wed., Oct. 19 from noon to 6:30 p.m. at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park, enjoying educational sessions and panel discussions by area experts on topics relevant to aging well in Johnson County. You will also be able to experience what the Johnson County Parks and Recreation District has to offer through a variety of program demonstrations. And there will be an opportunity to meet and explore the many businesses and services available to you or your aging loved ones. A variety of screenings, giveaways, and opportunities for door prize drawings will be held throughout the day, as well as two sessions of bingo!

This event is brought to you by JCPRD’s 50 Plus Program, in partnership with Humana and Bank of Blue Valley. Don’t miss this important free expo. Call (913) 826-3030 for more information.

 

Coffee Creek Streamway Trail opens this weekend
October 12, 2017

By David Markham

After nearly a year of construction, a mid-October ribbon cutting is planned for the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s newest streamway park trail.

This special event for the trail’s initial phase of 3.4 miles will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, near Shelters 9 and 10 in Heritage Park, the current primary access point and western terminus for the new trail. The ribbon cutting will include light refreshments, giveaways and comments by Johnson County Board of Park & Recreation Commission Chair Paul Snider and other officials.

“We’re pleased to open this new streamway trail, which will help serve the greenspace needs of southeast Johnson County,” said JCPRD Project Manager Bill Leek. “This trail crosses open fields, most of it leftover pasture lands, with some woodlands along the stream, consisting primarily of oak, hickory, hackberry, sycamore and cottonwood.”

The new trail stretches east to Switzer Road. At this time, the shelter near Heritage Park Shelters 9 and 10 have the only restrooms and other amenities. The trail connects to surrounding residential neighborhoods but no parking for trail access is provided at those points. The paved trail is for pedestrians and bikes only.

Funding nor timeframe have been set for the trail’s next phase, expected to take the trail roughly two miles southeast to where Coffee Creek converges with the Blue River, just west of 69 Highway and northeast of the Overland Park Arboretum. Other entities including Overland Park are planning trails along the Blue River. More information about the Coffee Creek Streamway Park is available online.

Oct. 12 proclaimed Imagine a Day Without Water
October 12, 2017

Most Americans take the water systems that bring clean water to and from their homes and businesses for granted. They turn on the tap and flush the toilet without thinking twice about where that water came from or where it will go.  

But could you imagine a day without water? Without safe, reliable water and wastewater service?

A Day Without Water = Crisis
A day without water means no water comes out of your tap to brush your teeth. When you flush the toilet, nothing happens. Firefighters have no water to put out fires; farmers couldn’t water their crops; and doctors couldn’t wash their hands. A single nationwide day without water service would put $43.5 billion of economic activity at risk. In just eight days, a national water service stoppage would put nearly 2 million jobs in jeopardy.  

A day without water is nothing short of a humanitarian, political, and economic crisis.
While unimaginable for most of us, there are communities that have lived without water. From man-made tragedies in Flint, Michigan, to water scarcity issues in Central California, to wastewater runoff in the Great Lakes, water issues abound. There are millions of Americans living in communities that never had the infrastructure to provide safe water service, relying on bottled water and septic systems each day.

America can do better.

The problems that face our drinking water and wastewater systems are multi-faceted. The infrastructure is aging and in need of investment, having gone underfunded for decades. Drought, flooding, and climate change stress water and wastewater systems. Although these regional challenges will require locally-driven solutions, reinvestment in our water must be a national priority.

At Johnson County, the leaders of our community understand the importance of reliable sanitary sewer system and the role it plays in our collective prosperity.  One example is the investment in the Johnson County’s Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility improvements, which include building an expanded plant to treat all tributary flows. This project will have water quality benefits for Indian Creek, as well as the downstream waters of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. It will address nutrient removal as excessive nutrients can be harmful by degrading habitats and decreasing the amount of oxygen in the water.

Each year the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) recognizes public wastewater facilities for outstanding compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit limits. This recognition program consists of Peak Performance Awards in three categories - Platinum, Gold and Silver. In 2016, Johnson County Wastewater plants won four Platinum and two Gold awards.

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners proclaimed Oct. 12 as Imagine a Day Without Water during its regular Oct. 12 meeting.

The "Imagine a Day Without Water" campaign is an organized effort to highlight the critical importance of reliable access to clean water in our lives and the investment in infrastructure that is necessary to protect this valuable resource.

Register to vote by Oct. 17
October 10, 2017

Johnson County residents who plan to vote in the Nov. 7 elections must register to vote by Oct. 17.

The upcoming election includes officials in a number of Johnson County cities, school boards, Johnson County Community College Trustees and Water District No. 1.

The Johnson County Election Office would like voters to note these dates for the November election:

  • Oct. 17: Last day to register
  • Oct. 18: Advance voting by mail begins
  • Oct. 30: Advance voting in person begins
  • Oct. 31: Last day to request an advance ballot by mail
  • Nov. 6: Advance voting in person closes at noon
  • Nov. 7: Fall General Election

By Kansas law, first-time voters in the state must prove U.S. citizenship. More voter registration information is available online.

Voters may review their voting record and verify if they are registered for the General Election at jocoelection.org.

The Election Office is at 2101 E. Kansas City Road in Olathe. 

Johnson County Extension Council elections October 10
October 9, 2017

Johnson County residents 18 years and older are eligible to vote in the Extension Council elections Tuesday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Johnson County K-State Research and Extension office, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 1500, in Olathe. A driver’s license is required to verify age and residency. 

Johnson County residents are encouraged to vote and elect members to the four program development committees (PDCs) which make up the 24 member Extension Council. The Extension Council is a key component of the Cooperative Extension service. They are strong supporters of Extension within their community and work closely with agents through their PDCs to help develop educational programming for Johnson County residents.

Following the elections, the newly-elected council will meet Monday, Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m. for their annual meeting to elect amongst themselves the nine-member Extension Board. For more information contact the Johnson County office at 913-715-7000.

Johnson County Museum exhibit celebrates golden anniversary
October 5, 2017

Johnson County Museum is celebrating its golden anniversary with the opening of a special “Let’s celebrate: The Johnson County Museum is 50!” exhibit.

The new, temporary exhibit gallery is part of the main museum space at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center at 8788 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park. The special exhibit, opening Oct. 7 and running through April 4, 2018, showcases objects collected over the past 50 years, many of which have never been displayed. The exhibit also features a timeline of the museum’s history as well as facts about its growth over five decades. 

The museum, with 19,430 objects and 36,882 photographs in its collection, offers an expanded KidScape program; school, youth and scout programming; family and adult activities; and film and lecture series as well as tours of its temporary and permanent exhibitions, including its exhibit “Becoming Johnson County.”

Admission to the museum is $4 for senior adults (60-plus years of age); $5 for adults; and $3 for children between the ages of 1-17. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.