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Celebrate Labor Day with KC Symphony's free park concert
August 29, 2014

The Kansas City Symphony will present its annual Labor Day “Pops in the Park” concert Monday, Sept. 1, at The Theatre in the Park. The performance is free to audiences of all ages. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic dinner and enjoy the show.

The parking lot opens at 4:30 p.m. with gates opening at 5 p.m.

The Instrument Petting Zoo begins at 5:30 p.m. The popular pre-concert activity pairs kids with trained musicians to help them try their hand at a variety of orchestral instruments.

Entertainment by the Youth Symphony of Kansas City begins at 6 p.m.

The orchestra takes the stage at 7 p.m. for a concert featuring patriotic and familiar classics, including everything from Bernstein, to Copeland, to John Williams' Star Wars Suite.

The Theatre in the Park is located in Shawnee Mission Park with a separate entrance at 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee.

Newby reappointed as Election Commissioner
August 27, 2014

Brian Newby was reappointed for another four-year term as Johnson County Election Commissioner by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

Newby was first appointed by Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh in January 2005 to fill an unexpired term, was reappointed by Thornburgh in 2006, reappointed by Secretary of State Chris Biggs in 2010, and served under Secretary Kobach before today’s swearing in.

Newby recently earned the Minute Man Best Practices of the Year Award from the National Association of Election Officials for the ‘iPad, iRegister’ program, which uses an iPad to document proof of citizenship and photo identification for citizens first registering to vote. The same initiative was recognized with the Making Democracy Work award from the Johnson County League of Women Voters.

Last year the National Association of Election Officials recognized Newby with the Guardian Best Practices of the Year Award for the online ‘Election Diary,’ his blog focusing on the day-to-day operation of administering elections.

Newby serves on the Election Center Legislative Committee, is a member of the International Association of Clerks, Recorders, and Election Officials and is a former board member of the National Association of County Records, Election Officials, and Clerks.

The secretary of state’s office is charged with the responsibility of overseeing Kansas elections. While 101 counties elect their election officers (the county clerks), the four largest counties in Kansas have election commissioners who are appointed by the secretary of state.

Stay cool in a JoCo library
August 26, 2014

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, in cooperation with the Johnson County Library, encourages citizens who need a place to cool down during hot days to visit one of 13 library branches. All of these facilities will be available during normal business hours.

Libraries offer many services in addition to a cool place to rest and restore. You can read books, magazines and newspapers, or access the Internet. Library hours vary by location. Call 913-826-4600 to check hours of operation for your nearest library branch, or visit the Library website at www.jocolibrary.org. In addition to libraries, there are several other locations in Johnson County that offer citizens a place to cool off.

If you must be out in the heat, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment recommends the following:

  • Drink more fluids (non-alcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Check with your doctor if you have restrictions related to fluid intake.
  • Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go somewhere cool—even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
  • Electric fans may provide comfort, but when temperatures are in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • If you must be out in the heat, limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
  • Exercise in an air-conditioned place and drink two to four glasses of cool, non-alcoholic fluids each hour. A sports drink can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.
  • If you have to be outside, try to rest often in shady areas.
  • Protect yourself from the sun by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher and wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.

Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some are at greater risk than others. Be sure to check regularly on:

  • People aged 65 or older
  • People taking certain medications, including narcotics, sedatives, and diuretics
  • Toddlers left in cars and infants less than one year old
  • Athletes who are not used to working out in warm environments
  • People who work outside
  • People who have a mental illness or are physically ill, especially with heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes
Museum will close Aug. 25-26 for maintenance
August 22, 2014

The Johnson County Museum and the 1950s All-Electric House will be closed on Monday, August 25 and Tuesday, August 26, 2014, to conduct routine exhibit maintenance. Both facilities will re-open on Wednesday, August 27th.

“The interactive areas of the Museum, especially the popular KidScape exhibit, receive a lot of wear and tear during the summer months when attendance at the Museum surges to record highs. We want to be sure the exhibitions are the best working order for our visitors to enjoy,” said Museum Director Mindi Love.

In addition to exhibit maintenance, the Johnson County Museum is opening a new temporary exhibit, Lewis Hine: Let Children Be Children. The exhibit will be available to the public Monday-Friday, September 5th through November 1st, 2014. It will reveal the circumstances that poor working children endured until national legislation against child labor prevailed in the late 1930s, through images captured by photographer Lewis Wickes Hine (1874-1940).

The Museum department offers long-term and changing exhibits, children's history exhibitions, a speakers bureau, online resources, school, youth and Scout programming, lectures and walking tours, and special events. The historic collections include more than one million photographs, 18,000 3-D artifacts, and 300 cubic feet of archival material. The museum serves 40,000 visitors onsite and nearly 100,000 people through online resources available at www.JoCoHistory.org.

JoCo Wastewater recognized with outstanding compliance awards
August 21, 2014

Each year the 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.

Johnson County Wastewater was recognized in July at the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) conference held in Portland, Ore., for its outstanding compliance records in the 2013 calendar year and was presented with two Platinum Awards. In total, JCW earned six Peak Performance awards.

Read the full news release here>

EMS introduces new trauma protocol for athletes
August 18, 2014

Today, Johnson County EMS System Medical Director Dr. Ryan Jacobsen announced the County’s new trauma protocol for athletes. The new protocol is aimed at improving care for athletes in protective gear with potential neck and back injuries. At a news conference today, Dr. Jacobsen explained the new protocol while area EMS providers and athletic trainers demonstrated the procedures. 

Johnson County’s new procedures relate to athletes in protective gear, such as helmets and pads, with potential spine injuries. Historically, protocol mandated EMS providers in Johnson County transport athletes with their protective gear in place. Under the new protocol, the protective gear will be removed at the scene, before the athlete is moved and transported by EMS. As with any other patient with potential neck and back injuries, excellent spine care will be accomplished utilizing the cervical collar and the ambulance cot. The new technique is expected to improve patient comfort and enable better care. 

“This change will ensure removal of protective equipment by responders and athletic trainers who are familiar with various kinds of equipment and specialized removal tools” states Dr. Jacobsen. 

The protocol was approved by the Johnson County EMS Physicians Committee of the Johnson/Wyandotte County Medical Society, made up of physicians specializing in Emergency Medicine, Trauma Surgery, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Cardiology and Anesthesia. 

Photos of the new protocol are available here.