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WIC garden yields a bountiful harvest

Three little girls in a garden picking vegetables

In the spring of 2013, Johnson County WIC Community Garden was started. It empowers and educates low income clients enrolled in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program to grow their own food and supplies them with healthy, nutritious fresh produce.

Johnson County plans Veterans Day observance on Nov. 11

OP Korean Vets Memorial Wall

The 2017 Johnson County Veterans Day observance is scheduled Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Korean War Veterans Memorial at 119th Street and Lowell Avenue, Overland Park. 

Seating is limited to 375. Parking will be available at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center, 11902 Lowell Avenue, which is adjacent to the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 7851 West 119th Street, which is located across Lowell Avenue directly east of the memorial site. The lot closest to the memorial will be reserved for the disabled.

Project SEARCH open house Nov. 3

Project SEARCH

The public is invited to Johnson County Developmental Supports' Project SEARCH open house this Friday. The event will run 1 to 3 p.m. in Room LL 201 in the Administration Building.

Attendees will be able to enjoy food, music and games and Project SEARCH. JCDS staff will be on hand to talk to county staff about internships.

Project SEARCH is a program for JCDS clients who are interested in community employment. Each year, JCDS holds open houses to meet with interested employers.

Fall back this weekend

clock that has turn back time printed on the face

Just a reminder that it's a good idea to turn your clocks back one hour before going to bed on Sat. Nov. 4 as Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5.

Other household tasks you might do when changing your clocks are:

  • Clean your fridge coils
  • Replace the batteries in your smoke/carbon monoxide detectors and test them
  • Replace your refrigerator water filter
  • Clean the oven
  • Flip your mattress
  • Vacuum the dryer vents and filters
  • Clean/replace air filters in HVAC systems


JCPRD winter park hours begin Nov. 1

father teaching child to ride bicycle in park

Winter hours of 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. go into effect Nov. 1 for many Johnson County Park &  Recreation District parks. These winter hours will stay in effect through Feb. 28.

District parks impacted by the new hours are: Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe;  Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe; Lexington Lake  Park, 8850 Sunflower Road, De Soto; and Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam. Winter hours for Shawnee Mission Park, 7900  Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa, are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Nov-Dec issue of The Best Times is now available

November The Best Times magazine cover

The Nov-Dec issue of The Best Times, a bimonthly magazine for Johnson County’s 60-plus population, is now on the way to its readership.

The cover story showcases local Korean War veterans along with details about the 31st Annual Johnson County Veterans Day observance scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Korean War Veterans Memorial at 119th Street and Lowell Avenue, Overland Park.

The Nov-Dec issue also offers:

Lineage Logistics Facility at New Century AirCenter

Question and Answer

Some questions have been raised about the planned Lineage Logistics cold storage facility at the New Century AirCenter Industrial Park. It will be a warehouse where frozen foods are received, stored and then distributed; it will not manufacture or process any chemicals. The facility will use anhydrous ammonia only as a refrigerant in a closed loop system inside the facility to maintain the necessary level of cold temperatures. Anhydrous ammonia is commonly used as a refrigerant in similar facilities that store or process food and beverage products.