FEBRUARY 1 - City Council Meeting - 7:00 p.m. - City Council Chambers
FEBRUARY 2 - Ambulance Meeting - 6:00 p.m. - Ambulance Building
FEBRUARY 2 - Hospital District Meeting - 6:30 p.m. - City Hall
FEBRUARY 3 - Tekoa Bike Club - 8:30 a.m. - Eclairs's
FEBRUARY 4 - Chamber Meeting - Noon - Feeding Station
FEBRUARY 8 - PTO - 7:00 p.m. - THS Library
FEBRUARY 9 - HTC - 9:00 a.m. - Kathykramer's Home
FEBRUARY 9 - Fire District #1 Board Meeting - 7:00 p.m. - 101 N Crosby
FEBRUARY 9 - Senior Pinochle - 6:30 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
FEBRUARY 16 - Park and Rec. Meeting - 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
FEBRUARY 22 - Empire Theatre Meeting - 6:00 p.m. - Feeding Station
FEBRUARY 23 - School Board Meeting - 7:00 p.m. - District Board Room
FEBRUARY 23 - Senior Pinochle - 6:30 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
FEBRUARY 25 - Distribute Commodities - 9 a.m. - Until Food is Gone - City Hall
FEBRUARY 29 - Ambulance Board Meeting - 7:00 p.m. - Ambulance Building
City Hall will be closed on Monday, February 15, 2016, for Presidents’ Day.
***The City Council will only have one meeting this month; it will be on Monday, February 1, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.
Tekoa Library News:
Tekoa Library has exciting special programming for all ages scheduled in February. On Feb 10, early release day at school, the library will open from noon to 1 for Kids’ Club, making Valentine’s Day crafts for someone special. Preschoolers to grandparents are welcome. Eggbot Robotics is also at the library for grade school kids and their parent to make robotic decorations on circular objects or eggs on Tuesday, February 16, from 5 to 6:30 pm. Robotics demonstrations will be at the high school during lunch Monday and Tuesday of that week. Also on Tuesdays Crazy 8’s math club for grades 5-6 continues in all of February, with kids learning about STEM math skills like tape measurers, decibels, geometry and more with just a dash of fun. On Wednesday, February 17, from 6:30 to 7:30, the library teams up with the HEALTHY Tekoa Coalition to bring a Teen Tech Night at Tekoa High School. Teens and parents will hear about cyber bullying from Alternative to Violence on the Palouse and then design their own Eggbot. This is a program for 5th grade-and-up and their families. Snacks are provided. 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. Need help when the Tekoa branch is closed? Call the Colfax branch of the Whitman County Library toll-free at 877-733-3375.
The North Palouse Community Food Bank that serves the areas of Rockford, Fairfield, Waverly and Latah, is organizing a fundraiser “After Downton Abbey” tea luncheon, to support the Food Bank and purchase food to give to those in need.
THEME: “After Downton Abbey” tea and luncheon
DATE: Saturday, March 5, 2016 TIME: 11:30 – 3:30
WHERE: The Bozarth Mansion 12415 N Fairwood Dr, Spokane WA
CATERED BY: Tina Marie Bishop TICKET PRICE: $25 (or $30 at the door).
Please call Laurie Leitz with ticket info, or if you are interested in helping. 509-286-3602.
HEALTHY Tekoa News:
Mentors and Eggbots
This month the coalition is training over 15 community members who will volunteer their time to be youth mentors in a new program called Across Ages. This mentoring program will pair older adults with middle- school-aged kids to provide support for them as they enter a tough transitional time. The mentors will work to increase resiliency and decrease risk factors by using this program, a researched-based program proven effective. Everyone in the community can make a difference in a child’s life.
Families are invited to the Free Family Night out on February 17 from 6:30 to 7:30 in the Tekoa High School Multipurpose room. The evening will begin with a presentation about Cyber Bullying. Then everyone will learn how to use robotics programming to design works of art on eggs, otherwise known as EggBots. Parents are required for student attendance. Snacks will be provided. Diane Harp, Community Coordinator HEALTHY Tekoa Coalition 509.284.2781.
Tekoa Park and Rec News:
Read the enclosed flyer about the Tekoa Parks and Recreation Levy Fact Sheet and please vote! Our next meeting is on February 16, at 7:00 p.m., City Hall.
Messages from the Mayor—
I am not sure whether to start with my usual weather comments or write about dogs!!I guess dogs can wait! I am writing this newsletter in January, and there are very few signs of snow. However, our guys were busy in December. We had numerous calls for additional plowing, sand for hills, etc. This is one of the expenses we are absorbing due to the street levy failure. Chip-sealing our many gravel streets is another expense we are putting on hold, hopefully for only this year.
Our “Project Share” program is in need of a cash infusion. This program has aided many of our patrons who are or were in a difficult financial situation and needed help with their utility bill. These patrons may request help only once a year, but even that can mean a lot if their funds are tight. A monthly donation of a few dollars can really add up.
We have two council positions open. Last month I mentioned Debbie Groom, and now we find that Richard Kelly must resign due to business interests outside of our city. Interested patrons need only to call City Hall (509-284-3861), or send a short letter indicating their interest in a council position. The council will be selecting applicants prior to our council meeting on March 21, 2016.
I had better mention dogs before I forget!! There are two concerns. The first is the alarming number of dogs running loose, especially in the morning hours. Our Code Enforcement Officer, Mike Bogenreif, is aware of this and will be driving around at times when dogs have been reported running loose. The other concern has to do with dog “droppings” both in neighbors’ yards and on the sidewalks!! We should give the school a portion of the fine you will pay if your dog is running loose to offset this expense from our youngsters bringing these “droppings” into the school and onto their rugs!!
A few quick snippets of information:
-Cell service is coming to Tekoa, but I am not about to tell you when. However, before Slippery Gulch Celebration has to be a safe bet!
-Roy Schulz is again our Mayor Pro-Temp. He is the one who handles all the complaints; you can tell me all the good things!
-Apply now at City Hall for the Seasonal Cemetery Maintenance position.