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Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S Cherry, Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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County offices closed for Thanksgiving holiday
November 22, 2017

Johnson County Government would like all of our county residents and visitors to have a safe and happy thanksgiving holiday weekend. County office buildings will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24 for the thanksgiving holiday weekend.

All Johnson County Library locations will also be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24 – although we remind you that their eLibrary is always open. Visit jocolibrary.org.

Administrative office for Johnson County Park & Recreation District will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24. Find JCPRD’s winter schedule online.

In addition, this weekend kicks off the free Lansefield School Country Christmas event — appropriate for all ages — that allows visitors to experience an old-fashioned, 1904 Christmas.

Lanesfield School Country Christmas is offered as a free drop-in program from 1 to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays on the following dates: Nov. 25, and Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30.  The session on Saturday, Dec. 2, will include a special Christmas concert in the schoolhouse, featuring the Edgerton Rainbow Connection Children’s Choir. The performance will begin at 1:30 pm, followed by a visit from Santa, crafts, and free refreshments. Be sure to bring your camera!

Lanesfield Historic Site is located at 18745 S. Dillie Road, Edgerton. The Lanesfield site is a one-room limestone schoolhouse, the last remaining structure in the former town of Lanesfield. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1988.

Experts offer food safety and wellness tips for Thanksgiving
November 21, 2017

As Thanksgiving approaches, county staff ask you to be mindful of health and safety. Be cautious when buying fresh turkeys; do not put fats, oils and grease down the drain; and remember your general well-being during the holidays.

Fresh turkeys

Johnson County K-State Research and Extension urges caution in buying fresh turkeys too early before Thanksgiving.

Fresh, whole turkeys should be cooked — or frozen — within one or two days of purchase. County extension agents suggest purchasing fresh turkey right before you plan to serve it. Fresh turkey will only last up to two days in 40-degree temperatures before it becomes unsafe to cook and eat.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend four tips to safely cook holiday turkey. You may call the extension office at 913-715-7000 for more guidance on food safety.

Fats, oils and grease

Holiday cooking creates large amounts of fats, oils and grease in the kitchen. Johnson County Wastewater urges residents to never pour these cooking byproducts down the drain.

When fats, oils and grease enter into sewer systems, the materials harden and cause pipes to clog. Research suggests fat and oil buildups cause nearly half of the 36,000 sewer overflows that happen in the U.S. every year.

Never pour left over oil or grease down a storm drain; it can kill wildlife in creeks and streams. Johnson County residents can recycle cooking oil for free at the Johnson County Household Hazardous Waste facility. You can schedule a drop-off online.

General health and wellness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer 12 tips for holiday health and safety.

First and foremost, wash your hands often. Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds.

Stay warm. Cold temperatures can cause serious health problems. Stay dry and dress warmly in several layers of loose-fitting, tightly woven clothing.

Manage stress. The holidays can take a toll on mental health. Keep a check on over-commitment and over-spending. Balance home, work and play, and keep a relaxed and positive outlook.

Free admission to county museum on Wednesday, Nov. 22
November 20, 2017

This Wednesday, Nov. 22, the Johnson County Museum will be offering free admission. The museum is located inside of the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center at 8788 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park, with hours from 9 a.m.  to 4:30 p.m.

Bring your family to enjoy the exhibits including "Becoming Johnson County," the 1950s All Electric House and the musuem's 50th anniversay exhibit entitled "Let's Celebrate!"

For more information, visit the Johnson County Museum webpage.

Johnson County court celebrates National Adoption Day
November 17, 2017

Families will be made on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Johnson County Courthouse in celebration of National Adoption Day when 14 children, ranging from toddlers to early teens, are scheduled for adoption by seven families in the courtroom of District Court Judge Kathleen Sloan.

Approval of the adoptions begins at 9 a.m. with each case taking approximately 15 minutes to finalize as part of Johnson County’s annual observance of National Adoption Month. The new families are not alone. Thus far, the Tenth Judicial District Court of Kansas in Johnson County has approved 217 adoptions. In 2016, the court system authorized 241 adoptions.

According to KVC Kansas, a nonprofit child welfare and behavioral health care organization, more than 470 children are in need of an adoptive family. KVC is responsible for the care of all children served by the Kansas Department for Children and Families in the Kansas City area and provides case management, therapy, family education, transportation and aftercare services. Since 2005, KVC has matched more than 3,346 children with adoptive families. Last year, the agency matched 330 children with adoptive families.

November has been recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month or National Adoption Month to encourage the adoption of children currently in foster care. The first major effort to promote awareness of the need for adoptive families for children in the foster care system came in 1976, when Massachusetts Governor Mike Dukakis initiated Adoption Week, an idea that grew in popularity and spread throughout the nation.

President Gerald Ford later made the first National Adoption Week proclamation, and in 1990, the week was expanded to a month due to the number of states participating and the number of events celebrating and promoting adoption.

National Adoption Day was started in 2000 by a coalition of national partners, which included The Alliance for Children's Rights, Children's Action Network, Freddie Mac Foundation and Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

 

 

 

Medicare open enrollment runs until Dec. 7
November 15, 2017

Whether you’re new to Medicare, getting ready to turn 65 or planning your retirement, you’ll soon need to make important decisions about your health coverage.

Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Office offers free Medicare open enrollment programming and assistance through the enrollment period’s Dec. 7 end date.

For Johnson County residents, Medicare enrollment assistance is a three-step process:

  1. Call 913-715-7000 or email Denise.Dias@jocogov.org to receive a Medicare prescription drug worksheet
  2. Complete the worksheet and return it to Denise Dias, Johnson County K-State Research and Extension agent
  3. You will be mailed or emailed a comparison of the top three plans with an explanation and instructions for next steps

More information is available from Johnson County’s K-State Research Extension Office. If you’re new to Medicare or require additional assistance, you can call the SHICK hotline at 1-800-860-5260.

Recycling is a good thing to do every day
November 15, 2017

Today is America Recycles Day, but recycling is an activity many practice daily.  Did you know that nearly 80 percent of your trash is recyclable or that household hazardous waste (HHW) such as paint, oil, batteries and pesticides shouldn't be placed in the trash?

Johnson County has its own HHW facility which also recycles paint. The facility is run by the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. Their website provides tons of valuable information such as recycling guidelines for plastic film, establishing a recycling at work or in the classroom program, Trashology 101 and a list of recycling centers, as well as much more.