June 4 - Hospital District Meeting, 6:30 p.m. - City Hall
June 4 - Senior Pinochle, 1:30 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
June 4 - Empire Theatre Meeting, 11:30 a.m. - Feeding Station
June 5 - Tekoa Bike Club, 8:30 a.m. - Eclair's
June 7 - Chamber Meeting, 7:30 a.m. - Eclair's
June 11 - HTC, 9:00 a.m. - Kathy Kramer's Home
June 11 - FD #1 Commissioners Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - 101 N Crosby
June 17 - City Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
June 18 - Park and Rec Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
June 19 - Slippery Gulch Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - Eclair's
June 24 - Ambulance Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - Ambulance Building
June 26 - School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - District Board Room
June 27 - Tekoa Food Bank, 8:30 a.m. - City Hall
~~~Celebrate Recovery - Every Wednesday, 6:00p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
*****Slippery Gulch Celebration*****
For a schedule of events visit: www.slipperygulch.com.
Please do not park on South Broadway St. the morning of the
parade for float line-up. Thank you!
~SEWER RATE INCREASE: You will notice on your May utility bill, that the sewer rate has increased by $5.00 per month. Rates will continue to increase $5.00 every January for the next three years in order to pay for the required updates to our sewer system.
~CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED: The City of Tekoa is now accepting debit cards, pre-paid debit cards, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover for utility payments. To pay online, go to www.GovPayNow.com . The City of Tekoa Pay Location Code # is a002jr. There is a 2.65% service fee for each transaction. If you have any questions, please call City Hall at 509-284-3861.
~CONCRETE FOR SIDEWALKS: Do you have cracks and holes in your sidewalk? The City of Tekoa will give you a bag of cement to fix moderate cracks or holes in your sidewalk. Please give us advanced notice so the guys can have it ready for you. Thank you!
Tekoa Empire Theatre Events for June:A special showing of the movie Neither Wolf Nor Dog. Saturday, June 8, at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, June 9, at 2:00 p.m. This funny and deeply moving film ran for 16 weeks at the Magic Lantern in Spokane. Ticket price of $10.00 includes popcorn (cash only), or buy online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4250104.
Join us at the Empire Theatre for our Slippery Gulch Variety Show “Once Upon a Time.” We’ll have Disney Trivia with prizes, and the kids can get FREE photos taken with their favorite Disney characters at the Heavier than Air Photo Booth. The show starts at 2:30 p.m., June 15, and admission is $5.00.
Be sure to see the Inland Empire Theatre’s Annie Jr. the Musical, directed by our own Collin Pittman June 21 and 22, at 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, June 23, at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $7.00.
Park and Rec. News: The last day of school, Wednesday, June 12, the Tekoa Park and Rec committee announces their annual opening day. Pool will be open 1-6 p.m. Hot dogs and chips will be provided. Reduced rates for passes are available that day. Family pass is $50 an individual pass is $30.
Tekoa Library Happenings for June--It’s a Universe of Stories! Summer Reading launches this month with reading challenges, activities, prizes, and country-wide grand drawings for kids, teens, AND adults! Out-of-this-world fun starts for kids on Wednesday, June 19, at noon, with Bubbles in Space. Stay in orbit the next Wednesday, June 26, (noon), for another great program. More details to come on our FB page and you can call the Library at 284-3121 for updates. Stay tuned for more kids’ programs and a teen event in July, plus an adult event in August.
Just as exciting as Summer Reading is Slippery Gulch. To celebrate, Whitman County Library’s Rural Heritage Program will have a display in the Library on Saturday, June 15, from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. (same hours as the museum). Enjoy this free and wonderful program. You can also find Shelly with a library booth at Ruhl Park during the afternoon events taking place there. Sign up for Summer Reading and learn more about our summer activities.
Finally, thank you to the Healthy Tekoa Coalition for partnering with the Library for the Kahoot® Trivia Night in May. Fifteen people of all ages attended and it was a blast! (Or should we say, hoot?!) Have a great month!
Tekoa Community Center Survey: Thank you to everyone who has completed the survey about the proposed fee schedule for the Community Center. We appreciate your input and suggestions. For those who have not had a chance to complete a survey, I invite you to scan the QR code or go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J8YK2XN and provide your opinion. You can also complete paper copies of the survey, available at the library and Éclair’s. The survey will close on Monday, June 17, at noon. The results will be presented that night at the 7 p.m. city council meeting. Thank you!
HTC NEWS:Come see us in the Slippery Gulch parade on Saturday, June 15, at 10:30 a.m. Directly following the parade join us at the kids’ area for our free Button Making Family Day Out activity at the Gymkanna Park. Students, family, neighbors and friends join coalition volunteers for a free day of crafting and games!
Family Day Out events focus is strengthening the bonds between students and community…and school…and family. Increasing a young person’s bond to school, community, and family can help him/her get better grades, have higher test scores, and make that person less likely to have emotional distress, drink or use drugs.
Messages from the Mayor
Hello again! I trust you’re all enjoying the spring, I know I am! Freddy (our family dog) certainly loves the time he’s getting to spend outdoors…. I’m rather pressed for time today, so your message this month will be a little brief:
As we prepare for Slippery Gulch (in just a few weeks… I know, time flies…) you’ll see our wonderful city preparing for the festivities. Although I haven’t seen the agenda for this year yet, I’m sure it’s going to be great. I’m looking forward to this year’s event hopefully with some sunshine!
The council has asked the City to proceed with burning the brush piles, so please be aware there will be some smoky days while we get through that process. Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful in getting it burned before the snow fell. We’re going to attempt to burn it in small batches, so we can control the amount of smoke, so the neighbors nearby don’t get a home full of it.
You’ll see our city employees preparing some streets around town for chip sealing, as the council promised, funded by the levy that passed in previous years. I expect the county will have their heavy equipment out here soon to finish up the work. Awesome! Also, we’ve hired a company to spray the remaining dirt roads with something that will control the dust. Stay tuned for updates.
I told you that I would try out the new online bill pay, which I did. I’m very pleased at how easy it was to pay the bill online, and I hope you find this new service useful in the future. There is also a card reader at City Hall if you would like to pay them a visit.
I mentioned last month that the south end of Crosby St. would be reconstructed later this summer. Unfortunately, the grant we applied for fell short by about $300,000, and we are not able to proceed at this time. We’re going to try and ask for more grant money, which may or may not happen. Fingers crossed…..
I’m writing this on the Friday before Memorial Day. I’m reminded of the many men and women who served in our Armed Forces and lost their lives while doing so. Thank you, Veterans (and spouses.. believe me, they served too!) for your service. I sincerely appreciate you!
Now, find a sunny afternoon. Go outside, close your eyes…. Breathe in some springtime!