Join us in a prevention week scavenger hunt May 11-18. All you do is locate and answer 10 questions about drug facts. You could win a $5 gift card from Éclair’s Coffee. Each question will be on bright orange paper with the Healthy Tekoa logo on it. Here are the hints to locate the questions (posted on May 11th and taken down May 18th). When you have all 10 answers, drop it off in the Library Book Drop, or bring it into the library.
Rest on Éclair’s 3 seater
Cash on Banner’s bulletin
Pharmacy flossing the question
The clinic tabled it
Grocery store gone bananas
Thompson Barn chalked it up
Tekoa Hardware put on primer
Library computer keyboard
Feeding Station’s doorway to heaven
C&Ds bulletin board
Healthy Tekoa is also showing two free documentary movies on the topic of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and there will be a round circle discussion of what our community can do to make Tekoa a success story: On May17, at the Tekoa Library, at 6 p.m., Paper Tigers: A Documentary about Adverse Childhood Experiences will showcase Lincoln Alternative School in Walla Walla where student behavioral issues and poor academic performances often ended in suspension from school. After discovering the studies on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), the high school changed its approach to handling the students with kindness and in-school suspension versus automatic punitive punishments. On May 22, at the Tekoa Library at 6 p.m. there will be a showing of Resilience: The Biology of Stress & Science of Hope. This film focuses on toxic stress and how it can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. Films contain strong language. Some material/language may be inappropriate to children under 13. Snacks will be provided. May’s free family event is Nerf Olympics at Ruhl Park on May 12, at 2 p.m., rain or shine! Bring your own nerf gun or use one of ours. A parent is required. We will have over10 Olympic events. Volunteers are needed to man each competitive station. Contact Diane Harp at 284-3121 if you can help.
Tekoa Empire Theatre News:FREE MOVIE! Angel & the Badman
starring John Wayne and Gail Russell on May 20, at 2:30 p.m.
Messages from the Mayor~
Welcome sunshine and warm weather; good bye rain and wind!
The council discussed properties that continue to be a problem. It appears we might “bite the bullet” and rent a dumpster or two and begin cleaning up at least one of our “problem properties.” If we do, the city will put a lien on the property and hope to recover some of the expenses.
This month we expect to formulate a plan to address Keith Andersson’s building on Crosby and Main.
The city received a $25,000 TIB grant to finish paving the southern portion of Park Street from where the project ended to the county line. The county will be working on the Farmington Road and will simply end the project at Park Street.
We again applied for a grant to establish a sidewalk on highway 27 from the corner of Leo Arnold’s to Main Street. It’s an expensive project ($454,800) because of the walkway across the bridge. We must match 2% of the project if we hope to have it funded by the Department of Transportation.
This summer our guys will be prepping the roads to be chip-sealed next summer. Now you will be able to see which gravel roads will be chip-sealed next!
The city also received a $28,500 grant from the Whitman County Commissioners (.09 monies). This grant will be used to finish our community center. Diane Harp and Kynda Browning did an excellent job convincing the selection committee of the need for such funds. The grant will be used to renovate the kitchen area, put windows on the front of the building, replace the flooring, fix the skylight, and make another doorway attaching the back of the theatre to the community center.
With the weather so nice, I see plenty of people working in their yards. Please note: Only yard waste is to be dumped across from city hall. I also need to mention if the cardboard recycling bin is full, PLEASE do not pile your cardboard on the ground, and PLEASE break down all boxes!! The city crew would greatly appreciate it.
One last comment and I will let you go! DOGS!! PLEASE, keep your dogs on a leash when out for a walk, and pick up your dog’s mess, especially if it is on the sidewalk!! Do not allow your dogs to run loose!! And lastly, no pit bulls in town as stated in our dog ordinance relating to pit bulls.