Overbrook Overlook: School begins, watch out for kids

Slow down for the school kids – whether walking, riding a bike, driving or on a bus. Photo thanks to city of Overbrook.

The Overbrook community is recovering after hosting the final Osage County fair of the season just as school began this week. The first official day of school for the city was Aug. 20, and Overbrook Police Chief Terry Hollingsworth is warning everyone to watch out for students going to and from school – walking, riding bikes, or driving cars. The chief is also urging bicycle riders to use caution.

“I have seen a lot more bicycle traffic recently and I cringe at some of the ways some kids ride their bikes around town,” Hollingsworth said.

He advises these safety tips for bike riders of all ages:

  • Wear a helmet, and fasten it. This may help prevent a serious injury.
  • Put reflectors on the bike and helmet and wear light colored clothing when riding at night.
  • Look both ways at intersections and driveways. Most bike crashes happen in these places. Walk your bike across busy intersections.
  • Ride with traffic, not against it.
  • Lock your bike up to help prevent theft.

Farmers market

A farmers market has begun for the produce season, and will be open 4-6:30 p.m. Mondays through Sept. 9. You can find the market in downtown Overbook on Market Street just west of Maple Street. Produce, handcrafted soaps, farm eggs, honey, and other goods will be offered.

Swimming pool season ends

Overbrook Swimming Pool has reported it was a wonderful summer at the pool and the city is grateful to pool director Ann Fawl, the managers, and lifeguards. The last day the pool was open was Aug. 18 with a free swim day.

New city mural

Nobody’s going to overlook Overbrook as they drive down U.S. Highway 56 and see the beautiful mural painted by artist Mindy Kahl Allen. The city offers thanks to Allen for sharing her talent, and a thank you to the Overbrook Betterment Committee and its supporters for spearheading and completing this project for our community.

(See related story: Hidden History: Incognito contest winner shines perpetual spotlight on Overbrook)

Upcoming and ongoing:

  • Tuesday Table begins again Sept. 17 at the Overbrook United Methodist Church. The church will begin serving free meals to the community on every third Tuesday of the month, beginning Sept. 17.
  • At 12 p.m. every first Tuesday of the month, the Overbrook senior citizen potluck is held at the Brookside community room. For information, contact Emery Elliott at 785-665-7159.
  • Every Wednesday is a community dinner, 5 :30-6 p.m. at Grace Community Church; $2 per meal. Everyone is welcome to stay afterward for Bible study.
  • Every Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. is story time at Overbrook Public Library.
  • Saturday, Sept. 14, is the date scheduled for the Kids Fishing Derby.
  • Saturday, Sept. 28, a tractor pull will be at the Overbrook Fairgrounds.

For more information about what’s going on in Overbrook, contact Overbrook City Hall at 785-665-7328 or email Overbrook City Clerk Jim Koger at [email protected].

 

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