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Be prepared for winter weather hazards
December 1, 2016

It’s Winter Weather Awareness Day in Kansas. Here are tips to be better prepared for inclement weather as Johnson County residents deal with the first cold snap of the season.

Before a winter storm

  • Prepare: Review your family plan and ensure you have enough food and water to last 72 hours.
  • Monitor: Weather changes quickly. Stay up-to-date with the latest forecast and warnings.
  • Review: Advisories are issued when winter weather will create travel delays and safety issues, and warnings mean the weather could be life threatening. Watches may precede either of these, and are issued when impacts are still 12 to 48 hours out.

During a winter storm

  • Stay indoors: Avoid unnecessary travel and exposure to the elements.
  • Slow down: If you must travel, drive cautiously and defensively. Clear off ice and snow, and don't leave home without emergency supplies.
  • Use caution: If you lose power, know how to heat and light your home safely. Never bring a generator inside.

After a winter storm

  • Connect: Let your pre-designated contact know you're okay, especially if you are traveling.
  • Proceed with caution: If you were away during a winter storm, be aware that carbon monoxide, electrical hazards, and food and water quality may all be concerns inside your home.
  • Protect your health: Take frequent breaks shoveling and cover exposed skin in cold conditions.

Update your vehicle emergency kit

You can greatly increase your preparedness by adding simple items to your vehicle emergency kit such as a cell phone charger, warm blankets and a flashlight. If you must travel through hazardous winter conditions, add a snow shovel and kitty litter to your preparedness kit. And if you a traveling a long distance or to remote locations, add water, snacks and a paper map. Above all, let someone know about your travel plans.

Hands-On: Gingerbread holiday event Dec. 3
November 29, 2016

Run, run, run as fast as you can . . . Get to the Library and wash your hands . . . We'll each create a simple gingerbread house . . . Where you and your gingerbread friend can hang out! Children with a caregiver may attend each session. 

Join Johnson County Library on Saturday, Dec. 3, for a fun holiday event at the Shawnee Library, 13811 Johnson Dr.

Space is limited; register online or call 913-826-4600.

A 'Gold Star' plan
November 28, 2016

During a check presentation ceremony Nov. 18, Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland accepted a $5,000 donation for a planned Gold Star Families Memorial.

It’s the first donation and officials hope many more will support raising $40,000 for the monument to be placed at the city’s Veterans Memorial Park at Dennis Ave. and Harrison St.  

The Gold Star monument will honor the families of Johnson County servicemen and women killed during active military duty. Johnson County has lost 156 soldiers during military service, with generations of Gold Star families surviving since World War I.

The check donation was presented by Hershel “Woody” Williams, who established the Medal of Honor Foundation in 2012 with the goal to dedicate Gold Star Families Memorial monuments throughout the country to honor the families of fallen members of the armed forces. 

There are more than 14 completed Gold Star monuments in the U.S. and 38 are in progress. Olathe’s memorial would be the first project in the state of Kansas designed by the Hershel Woody Foundation.

Donations are being handled by the Olathe Parks and Recreation Foundation. Donors can call 913-971-8555 for more information.       

Winter freeze brings oak leaf mite itch relief
November 21, 2016

Oak leaf mites have been plaguing residents for months, but the end might not be in sight, even with a hard freeze.

In some parts of the county the outbreak has been so severe that people have changed their daily routine in an attempt to cope. For weeks, those itching their way through the warm fall months have been hoping and praying for an end to the itch mite bites. 

With a hard freeze, many are hoping for relief. But according to a Kansas State University entomologist, a hard freeze is not always harmful to the mites because they have means of overwintering. What we really need is an extended period of cold weather to lower the soil temperature where the oak leaf itch mites may be located. But a hard freeze followed by two or three days of unusually warm weather? They’re going to come back up. Our only hope is that extended colder temperatures will put an end to our misery. 

According to the Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Office, it is difficult to predict at what temperature the mites will be killed due to a number of factors. These include how low the temperature falls, how long it stays cold, and how well protected or insulated the mite might be from the cold. But most entomologists suggest that a hard freeze, around 28 degrees or lower, should greatly reduce the oak itch mite population.  

Aside from hoping for the demise of pesky oak leaf itch mites, Johnson County residents should also complete other outdoor steps before a hard freeze, including:

  • Disconnect and drain sprinklers and garden hoses. Best to store them out of the sunlight for the winter so the plastic vinyl doesn’t degrade.
  • Drain and turn off in ground sprinkler systems.
  • Bring indoors and store non-frost proof ceramic or concrete containers and garden art. Remove dirt and store in a dry location.
  • Drain non-frost proof ceramic and concrete bird baths.
  • Disconnect rain barrels and drain. Reconnect downspouts to direct rain water away from foundation.
  • Place container growing plants indoors or in a protected place if you want to protect them from a freeze.
Fall Citizens Academy program participants recognized
November 17, 2016

Congratulations to the below-listed 24 individuals for completing Johnson County Government’s second Citizens Academy program. The  Board of County Commissioners recognized and thanked the graduates during this morning’s BOCC meeting.

  • Chelsea Chaney
  • Cassidy Coles
  • Harold Colston
  • Becky Fast
  • Leesa Gabel
  • Terry Happer-Scheier
  • Cat Heisler
  • Christine Hutchins
  • John Keogh
  • Debbie Kring
  • Joe Marlow
  • Andrew Mattson
  • Michael McElhinney
  • Lucas Neece
  • John Neuberger
  • Gary Palmer
  • Penny Palmer
  • Oren Pickett
  • Marisel Sanchez Walston
  • Deb Shepard
  • Jennifer Sherwood
  • Connie Springfield
  • Dale Staten
  • Barb Yates

The Citizens Academy participants met for three hours one evening per week for ten weeks this fall to learn about the roles, responsibilities and day-to-day operations of county government. During sessions, the group heard presentations from staff and took tours of various county departments and agencies, including Public Works, Human Services, Libraries, Developmental Supports, Park and Recreation, the Sheriff’s Office and others.

Quotes from fall 2016 session participants:

  • “The bus tour was very instructive. I had no idea Shawn Mission Park was so large and offers such a variety of activities for people of all ages and interests!”
  • “Good information on the Elections Office; Ronnie really knows his subject!"
  • “Appraisers office — great understanding of property versus collective personal property versus individual personal property.”

Interested in participating in a future session? The application deadline for the spring session is Jan. 9. Visit jocogov.org/citizensacademy for more information and to apply.

Fall Kids Book Sale starts
November 17, 2016

Starting Thursday, Nov. 17, the Friends of Johnson County Library launches its BIG Fall Kids Book Sale. A ginormous selection of children’s books will be available for purchase, including board books, picture books, chapter books, teen/young adult and more.

The sale takes place in the Carmack Community Room at the Central Resource Library during these times:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 16: 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 17: 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 18:  9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 19:  9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The Friends of the Johnson County Library accept cash, MasterCard, Visa and Discover as payment.