The library is excited to host the Mindful Eating Workshop starting on January 14. This 8-week workshop, taught by Brenna VanDalsen, will take place on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. Space is limited, so please call Brenna at 509-397-5743 to reserve your spot. Sponsored by Whitman Hospital and Medical Center. Kids Club (Early Release Day) is Wednesday, Jan. 15, at noon. Kids, you won’t want to miss Backyard Beekeeping with Charlene Partee. Need Tech Help? Drop by on Tuesdays between 3-5 for computer and smart phone help. For more info. on these and other awesome activities like Wii Wednesdays, Story Time and Ladies Circle, follow The Tekoa Library on FB or checkout the library homepage at http://www.whitco.lib.wa.us. Thank you to everyone who attended and supported programs in 2019. It was a special year at the library, and we’re wishing you wonderful possibilities of every kind in 2020.
Messages from the Mayor~
Hello again, Tekoa! I’m writing you just a few days before Christmas, and apparently, we’ve found ourselves with some weird weather … again. The snow melted. It rained the last few days. The weatherman says it’s not going to snow before Christmas. (boo). I sure hope he’s wrong since the best sledding hill I’ve ever had the pleasure of crashing on is right here by the Tekoa Grade School. In protest, I went ahead and bolted the snowplow on my four-wheeler anyway. You never know….
I’ve mentioned this before; this is my favorite time of year. There’s so much to be thankful for, and I sincerely hope you spent some time with your loved ones during the Christmas season! My family and I just watched It’s A Wonderful Life for the hundredth time this evening. Still, it’s just as good as it ever was.
What a whirlwind year… I can’t believe we’re just a few days away from 2020! Holy cow, I remember growing up in 1970-something and thinking about just how far away the year 2000 was. And now we’re 20 years in…. I thought we’d be flying our cars by now… jeesh.
What you need to know:
There’s a shortage of EMT’s in Tekoa. You may have seen some information about this around town. As I understand it, becoming an EMT takes a significant time commitment. I also understand the Tekoa Ambulance Association will work with anyone who would like to volunteer. If you have questions, they have a website here: http://tekoaambulance.com/ and their email is: TekoaAmbPres@gmail.com. Please, if you’re interested at all in participating, it’s worth contacting the Tekoa Ambulance Association to find out if you can help. In addition, I’ll be reaching out to leadership in the next few months to see if we can build a partnership with other local medical entities to ensure this very important service continues in Tekoa.
We’re moving into winter. I think. Winter usually means snow.... this just happens to be another weird year. When it does snow please watch for those plows. If they’re in your neighborhood, and you remember…. please move your car to the other side of the road after they go by. I hate to see cars buried in berms of snow.
I met with the Spokane River Keepers, our City Engineer and Washington State DOE last month to discuss our sewer plant. I was very pleased to learn we’re on the right track to upgrade our sewer system. Currently the DOE is working on what the actual ‘goal’ is for us to meet regarding effluent into the creek. After they’ve completed their research, they’ll let us know what the goal is, and we will work to make that happen.
The burn pile: It’s wet. It’s green. I discussed forcing the burn this month; however, I believe if we burn all that green yard waste right now, we’ll have a ton of smoke pollution in Tekoa. I’m going to postpone this until summer 2020. Also, the burn pile is currently CLOSED. It will re-open in 2020.
The Community Center: Did you see the windows?!? It won’t be a deep dark cave anymore!! We’re still working with the flooring contractor to find matching wood flooring (it’s 100 years old…) to weave into the damaged areas inside. Also, there are a few things here and there that need to be “buttoned up.” I hope to see this completed in the next few months.
Pit bulls: They’re banned in Tekoa. If you own a pit bull, or if you know someone who owns a pit bull, they are not allowed. Please contact our Code Enforcement Officer Mike Bogenreif if you have concerns about dogs in Tekoa. If he can’t answer, please leave a message. (509) 284-3313.
As always, I’m available. Tekoamayor@gmail.com. (509) 284-2847 (home). (509) 428-9447 (cell). See you soon!
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