April 2 - Hospitial District Meeting 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
April 3 - Chamber Meeting Noon- Feeding Station
April 6 - City Council Meeting - MEETING CANCELLED
April 7 - Ambulance Meeting 6:00 p.m. - Ambulance Building
April 8 - Tekoa Fair Association 7:00 p.m. - C & D's
April 13 - PTO Meeting 7:00 p.m. - THS Library
April 14 - HTC 9:00 a.m. - Kathy Kramer's Home
April 14 - Senior Pinochle 6:30 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
April 14 - Park and Rec Meeting 7:00 p.m. - City Council Chambers
April 20 - City Council Meeting 7:00 p.m. - Council Chambers
April 23 - Distribute Commodities 9 a.m - Until food is gone - City Hall
April 27 - Ambulance Board Meeting 7:00 p.m. - Ambulance Building
April 28 - School Board Meeting 7:00 p.m. - District Board Room
April 28 - Senior Pinochle 6:30 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
The following City of Tekoa positions are up for re-election this year:
Mayor – John Jaeger, 4 year term.
Council Pos. 1 – Richard Kelly, 2 year term.
Council Pos. 2 – Troy Wilson, 4 year term.
Council Pos. 3 – Deborah Groom, 4 year term.
Council Pos. 5 – John Giudice, 4 year term.
Council Pos. 7 – David Tysz, 4 year term.
If you are interested in running, the mail-in registration is open April 27 – May 15. Online registration is open May 11- 15 for registered voters at www.WhitmanCounty.org.
~~~Water meters will be read this month. Please remove the insulation from your meter boxes. Thank you!
Whitman County Landfill Spring Clean-up week
Friday, April 17 to Saturday, April 25, 2015.
$35.00 per ton ($15.00 minimum). No commercial or business haulers, residential waste ONLY. Self-haul your materials to the Whitman County Landfill and Transfer Station. Mon-Sat 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Tekoa Whitman Medical Clinic has changed hours. They are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. The clinic will be closed on Thursdays.
Tekoa Library News:
The Tekoa Library invites residents to learn about technology this April in three free workshops. On Thursday, April 2, at 6 p.m. is a workshop on Internet selling using Amazon, EBay and more. On Thursday, April 9, at 6 p.m., Tekoa hosts a program for ages 8 to 80 on using internet resources to learn to play musical instruments. All of the workshops are free, sponsored by grant funding to The Washington State Library from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Make sure to like the Tekoa Library Facebook page, bookmark the library’s webpage, www.whitco.lib.wa.us or call Diane during Tekoa Library hours: Tuesday and Wednesday from 1:30–6 p.m. and Thursday fromnoon – 6 p.m. Need help when the Tekoa Library is closed? Call the Colfax branch of the Whitman County Library toll-free at 877-733-3375.
Caregiver Support Program
Are you helping a loved one?Are you a daughter or son, wife, husband, or partner, grandparent, relative or friend? If you or someone you know could use some help caring for a loved one (age 18+), you are invited to attend a Family Caregiver Support Program. This is a FREE informational meeting on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, Noon-1:00 p.m. at the Tekoa Library. Refreshments provided! We provide unpaid caregivers with information, resources and support services. If you have question, call 1-800-873-5889. Thank you so much for your support!!
Empire Theatre News:
On Saturday, April 11, Spokane's Silver Spurs Youth Folk Dancers will perform a full show starting at 7:00 p.m. Founded in 1947, their current repertoire represents over 40 cultures, including Mexican, Japanese, English, Ukranian, Norwegian, Haitian; as well as traditional American dances and popular styles from past to present, including Charleston, Lindy Hop, swing, disco, and others. In each tradition, authentic costumes are worn. Directed by Susan Dankovich, the ensemble appears in many regional festivals and events, and has on several occasions traveled internationally. On Saturday, April 25, at 7 p.m. the Master Class Jazz Orchestra returns to the Empire Theatre. This 18-member group specializes in Big Band selections but has a diverse repertoire. They often team up with singer Abbey Crawford, who can croon cabaret songs as well as belt out show tunes, and much in between.
New to the Empire Theatre will be the Working Poor band, a five-member group that specializes in good music originally performed by little-known groups. In addition to their lead and harmony vocals, they play a variety of instruments including drums, bass, guitar, pedal steel, fiddle, and mandolin. All longtime musicians, each of them has played in various other bands---a long list, including Big Newton, Seidel Brothers, The Plummer Gang, Howlin' Coyote, Mullen Road Band, Corn Mash, Buffalo Rose, Kip Attaway, Cold Creek, etc. Working Poor is definitely a show not to miss. Their concert on Saturday, May 2, begins at 7:00 p.m.
Admission for all of the above events will be Adults $12, Students $5, and ages 5-and-under are free.
Other upcoming events at the Empire Theatre include Oakesdale's student ArtFest on April 22, Pirouette Dance Recital on April 25 (1 p.m.), and the Tekoa Variety Show on May 8.
Do you like to sing, dance or tell jokes? Or have you always wanted to help out with something at the Tekoa Empire Theatre? If so, this is your chance! Plans are underway to bring back the popular Slippery Gulch Showon June 20, 2015.“Whistle Stop Review”is a musical train ride across the USA. While we won’t be stopping in all the states, we will sing and dance our way across many from Washington, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Louisiana, the Carolinas, Virginia and end up in New York.
First Meeting is Wednesday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Empire Theatre.For more information call Fran Martin at 284-2102 or Debbie Dean at 284-6762.
Teens and Distracted Driving
By: Makayla Flock
An epidemic is sweeping across America, causing drivers everywhere to black out for five seconds at a time. It's called texting and driving.
I am Makayla Flock, and for my senior project I am doing a texting-and-driving campaign to help promote the dangers of distracted driving to our students here at Tekoa High School. I created a survey about what our students think about texting and driving for the ages of 13-18. The results shocked me.
I asked students if they think it is okay to text and drive. 68% said that it's never okay to text and drive; 32% said that it is okay. The next question was if they think there is any risk of texting and driving. 64% said lots, 25% said some, and 7% said that there is no risk. The next question on the survey was "Do you text while driving?" An alarming 68% said, “Yes.” That means about 63 out of 93 students text and drive. Some of the 68% said that it would take the adoption of laws making it illegal or even an accident to stop them from texting and driving. Some said that nothing could change their habit.
To me this is extremely heartbreaking that 68% of our students are putting their lives and others at risk every day. Texting-and-driving accidents, injuries, and fatalities are increasing at an alarming rate, and these kinds of accidents have quickly become the nation's fastest growing epidemic. Every day, an average of 9 people are killed in accidents involving distracted driving. I hope to inform our students about these dangers of texting-and-driving and hopefully get that number down. To make Tekoa a text-free driving community, I have created a commitment poster/pledge. Tell your friends/kids to sign the poster at the high school. Those who make the pledge will be entered to win a prize. Sign the pledge, and let’s keep our community and kids safe!
Messages from the Mayor—
Well, spring has officially sprung! It seems like it’s been spring for some time. Our snow plow hardly used a tank of fuel, and we have plenty of sand for next winter. I don’t know why I seem to start each newsletter with a simplified weather report. Must help me get my pencil working… and before I realize it, I have my whole page written. Whatever works!
Last month I identified the streets that will be chip-sealed this summer. It is more of a process than I realized. People driving on those streets can just expect gravel, then oil and then later the chip-seal. The cost of these five streets to be improved is $65,000! We hope to slowly chip-seal all of our gravel streets, but as you can see, it is expensive!
The council submitted an application for some .09 funds to re-roof the library, museum, and the old city hall building. These funds come from the county. We have to pay 25% of the project costs.
Several of the council, myself included, will be up for re-election this year. This is the time for others in the community to “throw their hat in the ring.”
Now that it is spring, most of us have yard work that needs attending to. Most of you are aware of our burn pile across the road, south of the city shop. Please only dump lawn wastes and tree lumber etc. on this pile. We cannot burn treated lumber.
I just reviewed our ordinance that deals with junk. Enclosed is a portion of this ordinance. I feel strongly that it should be enforced. We ask you to report residents that have “junk” in their yard, and we will have our Code Enforcement Officer (Mike Bogenreif 284-3313) check for possible violations.
Also, if you are aware of properties in town that are not maintained, let us know. Over the last several years, we have maintained properties that could create a fire danger or promote the infestation of rodents etc. and have charged the property owners for our time. Most property owners are absentee owners, and if we don’t receive monies for our efforts, we put a lien on the property. I believe we all want to be proud of our community, and part of this pride comes from the appearance of our downtown residential areas.
At our last chamber meeting, Patty Primmer mentioned all of the new business in town that comes with having a medical clinic. You might already know the Garfield clinic closed, and much of their patients now come to Tekoa. While they wait for their prescriptions to be filled, they are able to visit local businesses!
It is sad to note that we lost another individual who was involved with our community as a volunteer. Fran Sauer was a mainstay with our monthly commodities program. She will be missed!
Are we closer with cell service in Tekoa? You’d better believe it!!
“8.24.030 – Junk Defined. That for the purposes of this ordinance, “Junk” is hereby defined to include all old appliances or parts thereof, all old iron or other metal, glass, paper, cardboard, old lumber, old wood, mattresses, concrete and all other waste discarded material, together with all abandoned motor vehicles and all motor vehicles meeting at least three of the following requirements:
(a) Is three years or older;
(b) Is extensively damaged, such damage including but not limited to any of the following: a broken window or windshield or missing wheels, tires, motor, or transmission;
(c) Is apparently inoperable;
(d) Has an approximate fair market value equal only to the approximate value of the scrap in it; or