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Extension gardening hotline now open
March 21, 2018

This past fall and winter were dry and Johnson County K-State Research and Extension is advising residents to be on the lookout for potential plant issues.

“If you didn’t get out and water over the winter, especially your young trees and shrubs, you might find some stressed plants in your yard this spring,” said Dennis Patton, horticulture agent.

The Johnson County Extension Master Gardener (EMG) hotline can assist you with assessing any plant concerns you may have. Extension Master Gardener volunteers receive training from university experts to help prepare them for this project. The garden hotline service is free. 

Residents can call the hotline at 913-715-7050, email or walk in and bring plant materials for the EMGs to diagnose and provide solutions. The hotline is open from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekdays, excluding holidays. 

Prepare first before you call
When calling the hotline for assistance be prepared to answer questions to supply as much information as possible. The more information you can provide, the easier it is for the trained volunteer to assist. In addition to telephoning the hotline, visits to the extension office with plant samples are encouraged. In many cases, seeing the problem makes diagnosing the horticulture concern easier.

Email the hotline and attach photos
Emailing your question is very helpful in identifying a plant or plant growth problem. When emailing, it is also a good idea to attached low resolution photos in order to see the problem. A picture is worth a thousand words. 

Walk-ins welcome — but bring large samples
If bringing a sample to the Johnson County Extension Office, located at 11811 South Sunset Dr., Suite 1500, in Olathe, be sure to bring a large enough sample. This means a branch 1 to 2 feet in length, a piece of sod the size of a dinner plate or several leaves. Samples that are completely dead are not as useful as portions of plants that are just beginning to show symptoms or withering.

Not all questions or problems have an easy answer or solution but the volunteer Extension Master Gardeners will make every effort to help. In addition to their personal knowledge, the volunteers also utilize extension’s extensive horticultural reference library and network of Kansas State University resources. Extension Master Gardeners also access land grant universities from across the county to find practical solutions.

The Master Gardeners are ready to assist you with research-based, non-biased solutions to your growing concerns. Don’t trust just anyone with your horticulture problems. Go directly to the experts for the best research-based answer to your questions.

Measles news update - additional location added
March 21, 2018

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment have identified 10 cases of measles in northeast Kansas – eight cases in Johnson County, one case in Linn County and one case in Miami County. Health officials continue to investigate this outbreak and are working to identify contacts. Children who are ill or susceptible to measles are excluded from the child care facility as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is an ongoing investigation and updated information will be provided as it becomes available.

Update: Measles Outbreak in Johnson, Linn and Miami Counties (News Release, March 21, 2018)

WIC Garden volunteers needed
March 20, 2018

Spring has sprung!! And what better way to celebrate than by digging in the dirt and planting for those in need. Johnson County's Department of Health and Environment has a garden that benefits clients in the Women, Infants and Children program. 

The WIC Community Garden located at the Health Services Building (11875 S. Sunset Drive) seeks all levels of gardeners for the 2018 season. All produce grown and harvested goes directly to Johnson County WIC clients. Children are always welcome in the garden. 

Volunteers are needed every Tuesday afternoon from 3 to 4:30 p.m., beginning March 20 through April 24. ​Join us -- no RSVP required. 

Questions? Call Julie Davis at 913-715-6938 or click here​ for more information. ​

Appraised residential value appeals due by March 28
March 19, 2018

The deadline for residential property owners to appeal their appraised values is March 28.

“The state requires us to appraise homes based on fair market value,” said Johnson County Appraiser Paul Welcome. “We encourage residents to review their appraised values closely. If they have information that would assist in better determining their home’s value, please contact our office before the deadline. Residents should provide photos, repair estimates and other documents to assist us in reviewing their appraised values.”

The appraiser’s office has a team of individuals available to answer resident’s questions to answer questions about their appraised value or the appeal process. The team is available at 913-715-9000.

Property owners are encouraged to go to appraiser’s office website for detailed information and a video on the process:

  • Via online, residents may verify the accuracy of the information the county has on file about a specific property (under the property data tab);
  • Within the property’s summary, residents will have the opportunity to see what nearby homes in an area sold for which is used to determine the appraised value of the home;
  • The assessed value is a percentage of the appraised value, which determines the specific amount of taxes that must be paid for the specific property. 

Approximately 40 to 50 percent of those property owners who file an appeal will see a reduction in the appraised value. The reduced amount will vary for each of those appeals. FAQs on the appraisal process are available online, with a calendar timeline of the annual process.

Johnson County maintains #1 ranking as healthiest place to live in Kansas
March 14, 2018

Johnson County maintains its top ranking as the healthiest place to live in Kansas according to the ninth annual County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). The rankings are available at countyhealthrankings.org.

“Johnson County is fortunate to have many of the key factors that contribute to a long and healthy life,” says Lougene Marsh, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. “However, this report is also a call to action for leaders and community members to note those areas where we can make improvements so everyone in Johnson County has a fair and just chance to lead the healthiest life possible.”
The 2018 rankings show that where you live influences how well and how long you live. Good health is influenced by many factors beyond medical care including housing, education, jobs, access to healthy foods and more. 

Johnson County ranked number one in the state for another year for health outcomes like a low number of premature deaths and low birthweight babies. The county also ranked number one for health factors such as access to quality medical care and exercise opportunities, a healthy food environment and a high percentage of adults with some post-secondary education.

The report identifies areas where more work needs to be done in Johnson County to reduce obesity and heavy drinking in adults, slow down the rate of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and address the number of workers who commute in their car alone. 

Marsh says Johnson County has a number of initiatives underway to address these issues: LiveWell Johnson County, a grant-funded program that addresses chronic disease prevention by promoting healthy eating and active living; and abstinence-based programs for adolescents that focus on STI and pregnancy prevention; and improved mass transit with the expansion of RideKC routes to southern Johnson County starting in April 2018.

Three measles cases confirmed in Johnson County
March 13, 2018

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) has confirmed three cases of measles in a Johnson County, Kan. child care facility. All identified cases are in children less than one year of age, who are too young to be vaccinated for the disease. Those at risk for the disease have been contacted and the investigation is ongoing.

In order to prevent the spread of measles, the affected children and others they have come in contact with have been excluded from the child care facility for 21 days following the last exposure to the disease, per the Kansas Administrative Regulation 28-1-6. Any child that has been exposed to measles should not attend any childcare facility or school. This protects the community from further spread.

Measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus. Since the creation of the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine, measles cases are rare in the United States; however, it still sickens millions and kills 146,000 people worldwide each year.

“Vaccination is the best way to prevent measles in children and adults. Make sure children have the MMR vaccine when they are 12 to 15 months old, and again before they enter kindergarten,” said JCDHE Director Lougene Marsh. 

Measles is highly contagious and is spread through the air by breathing, coughing, or sneezing. The signs and symptoms of measles typically begin one to two weeks after someone is exposed to an infected person. Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Blotchy rash on the skin, which spreads from the head to the trunk then to the lower extremities (Measles can be spread to others from four days before to four days after the rash appears.)
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis)
  • Feeling run down, achy
  • Tiny white spots with bluish-white centers found inside the mouth (Koplik’s spots)

“If your child has a fever, keep them home except to see a healthcare provider. If you need to visit your healthcare provider, call ahead so appropriate measures can be taken to protect other patients and staff,” said Marsh.

People at high risk for severe illness and complications from measles include infants and children less than 5 years of age, adults older than 20 years, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems. 

For more information about measles visit cdc.gov/features/Measles/index.html.