February 24 - School Board Mtg 7:00 p.m. - District Board Room
February 24 - Senior Pinochle 6:30 p.m. - Tekoa Comm. Church
February 26 - Distribute Commodities 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - City Hall
***City Hall will be closed February 16 for Presidents’ Day.
WANTED: City of Tekoa Maintenance person. Full-time position. Open until filled. Call City Hall for applications at 509-284-3861. We are an equal opportunity employer.
REMINDER: The council voted to switch the water and sewer rates. Water will now be $46.00 a month, and sewer will be $49.50. Effective January 1, 2015. Please call the office if you have any questions.
Tekoa Library News:
Is privacy dead? What are your privacy rights? On February 19 at 6 p.m., Tekoa Library invites you to attend a workshop to discuss these issues. Speaker Alex Alben addresses concepts of personal privacy, digital tracking, the concept of “celebrity” and what one sacrifices to preserve his/her privacy in the online environment. This is a free workshop sponsored by grant funding to The Washington State Library from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.Early release at the grade school means Kids Club activities are happening at the library. On Wednesday, February 11, the library will open from noon to 1 for grade school children to create Valentines crafts. Thinking about advanced care planning? On Thursday, February 26, from 4 to 6 p.m., Amy Pillar will answer all your questions and assist senior citizens in completing the required steps including emailing paperwork to your doctor. Want up-to-date information about library happenings and fun pictures? Make sure to like the Tekoa Library Facebook page, bookmark the library’s webpage, www.whitco.lib.wa.us or call Diane at 284-3121. Tekoa Library hours are: Tuesday and Wednesday from 1:30–6 p.m. and Thursday from noon – 6 p.m. If the library is closed, call the Colfax branch of the Whitman County Library toll-free at 877-733-3375.
Join the Healthy Tekoa Coalition for a series of parenting classes! "Parenting Wisely" is an online course targeted to behavior problems and improve family relationships and communication. You can take this class in the privacy of your own home, or use the computers at the Tekoa Library. "Guiding Good Choices" is an in-person workshopthat works to increase communication skills in the family. “Guiding Good Choices” is only offered one time this spring, from April 15 to May 13. These courses are free thanks to funding provided by DBHR and Healthy Tekoa! But you must sign up! Call Diane Harp at the Tekoa Grade School for more information, and learn about the $20 gift certificate you earn by completing each course. Keep talking, Tekoa!
Tekoa Empire Theatre News:
The EWU choir, under the direction of Dr. Randel Wagner, will appear in concert at the Empire Theatre on Saturday, February 28, at 7:00 p.m. The seven-person ensemble will perform a wide variety of vocal selections from the 1700’s to the present day, including selections from the currently running movie Into the Woods. Many of the selections have lyrics dealing with the vagaries of love, often in a humorous vein.The choir will also perform a number of hits from such Broadway shows as Chicago, Annie Get Your Gun, The Sound of Music, as well as from Mozart and Puccini operas. Violinist Kate Slyusarev will, in addition to playing her instrument, perform a vocal aria. Dr. Wagner described the planned concert as having "a lot of variety" and will be "appealing to those with eclectic interests." Lovers of harmony and vocal interplay will enjoy this show from start to finish. Admission will be $12 for adults and, $5 for students; ages 5-and-under are free.
Messages from the Mayor—
I can’t really complain much about a harsh winter – we’ve been quite fortunate when you read about the winter weather back East and even in the South. Here we have no floods, no tornadoes, no droughts, although we could use more moisture! We do live in a sheltered area.
We had some volunteers that removed the football lights at a great savings to both the city and school district. I’m always amazed at what gets accomplished by volunteers. This is probably one of the main reasons why little communities, like Tekoa, survive and possibly flourish!
Did you notice the dip on Crosby Street at the intersection with Warren Street? It’s been repaved to some extent now, but the contractors who did Warren Street last summer will have to dig it up and do a better job of packing the rock that stabilizes the pavement. I suppose you can’t wait for our roads to be dug up again!!
We still need community members for our unfit dwelling committee. If interested, call City Hall at 509-284-3861.
There was quite an article pertaining to the John Wayne Trail in the Colfax Gazette. Read about it in the enclosed Tekoa Times publication.
I will close this newsletter with the recent resignation of Rob Brownfield. Rob has decided that he will pursue opportunities working on a fishing boat off the Pacific coast. Sounds exciting and probably more lucrative than working for the City of Tekoa! Rob still has plans to remain in Tekoa when he isn’t fishing. We wish him well in his new pursuits!
This ends this month’s newsletter. It’s time now to think spring!