Tom’s Turkey Drive: Monday, November 25, at 5:00 p.m., at the City Hall council chambers. First come, first served.
Tekoa Library Happenings for November-- The library is excited to host former Tekoa resident, Dean Heitt on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 6:30 p.m. Dean, a retired geologist, will present his new book, Before the Gold. A limited number of books will be available for purchase at the event (cash only). A special Ladies Circle is planned for Thursday Nov. 21, at 4:30 p.m. Cathy Haxton will show us how to make Holiday Memory Books. Cost is $5.00 for materials. Kids Club is Wed. Nov. 27, at noon. We will make Thanksgiving-themed crafts. Check out the Tekoa Library FB page for info. on other ongoing events. Old Fashioned Christmas Photo Display at the library, November 30, for Small Business Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Looking for Tekoa Santa photos from over the years to be included. The museum will also be open that day. Call Shelly at the library, 284-3121.
Tekoa Empire Theatre Events for November:
Friday, November 8, @ 7 p.m., and Saturday, November 9, @ 2 p.m. Missoula Children’s Theatre presents Johnny Appleseed! Adults $8.00 single show, or $12.00 both showings. Students $4.00, or $6.00 both showings. Join us for a fun show! Saturday, November 30, @ 3 p.m., kick off the holiday season with a FREE movie on Small Business Saturday, sponsored by Tekoa’s Chamber of Commerce. Enjoy a showing of HOOK along with free popcorn, hot cocoa, and cookies!
HEALTHY Tekoa News!If you missed Prescription Take Back day, stop by the Tekoa Pharmacy. They are ready to accept your unused prescriptions. Be sure to ask about your household’s free lock box. Let’s keep those medicines safe! Check out November’s active FREE Family Night Out. This month is OPEN GYM with Mr. Bone on Sunday, November 17, from 5-7 p.m. at the High School Gym. Lots of fun with basketball games and shooting contest and snacks! A parent is required to get in. Family Night Out events focus is strengthening the bonds between students and community…and school… and family. By 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~ Greetings, Tekoa! I tried… I tried and tried to keep a few more weeks of warm weather and sunshine for Tekoa, but the weather decided to ignore me and switch into winter gear anyway. Apparently I don’t have a lot of pull with that sort of thing… Ha! Speaking of cooler weather, don’t forget to insulate your water meters, cover your outside water spigots and get your snow shovel dusted off. It’s supposed to get down to 15 degrees tonight.
You’ll receive this message just a few days prior to Election Day 2019. This is your chance to let your voice be heard! Washington State even goes a step further to make it super easy for you to vote by mailing your ballot to you! I’m a firm believer in voting, and I sincerely hope you’ll take your opportunity to vote. I’ve heard so many people in my lifetime tell me that they believe their vote doesn’t count… so why bother? I disagree! Your vote does count! Now, go fill out that ballot and put it in the mail! We have several positions right here in Tekoa that have multiple candidates. How exciting!
What You Need to Know:
The City of Tekoa received authorization from our court system to proceed in taking down the crumbling building. We’re currently taking bids to tear it down, and hopefully we should see some movement on that in the near future. Unless the weather decides otherwise!
The Trestle project is moving forward. Washington State Parks published a schedule this week which states: June 15, 2020 – Project Start. March 1st, 2021 – Construction Started. June 30, 2021 – Construction complete. I’m so excited that you and I will be able to walk across our trestle in just a few years! Thank you, Friends of the Tekoa Trestle Group for your hard work. Pete Martin, Fred Wagner and many others are working hard to make this happen. Thank you so much for your support.
I attended a Port of Whitman meeting this month and discovered there’s a cellular provider requesting a new fiber optic cable installed up to the cell tower on Tekoa Mountain. It’s late in the year and the snow is already falling, so I don’t expect to see this work starting anytime in 2019; however, it’s very exciting news that we will probably have 4G and maybe even 5G cellular service available in the next year or so. I’ll ask some more probing questions in the near future to find out which company exactly is requesting the cable. Along that same subject, the Port of Whitman will be building the fiber to the home project in Tekoa in the next 2 years. Welcome to the future! It’s funny. In 2002, I was excited to get a 1.5M DSL circuit installed in my home. Look where we are now!
The yard waste burn pile was set to close on November 1st. I’ve decided to keep it open until December 1st, because there are so many leaves still on the trees. I hope this gives us all a few more weeks to rake; however, after today’s snow flurry I’m worried we’re going to be sunk.
Please clean up after your dogs. It’s yucky. Nobody wants to step in your dog’s mess. I walk my own dog in Tekoa, and it takes just a few moments to pick that up.
Ok, enough of the business stuff. It’s November and time to plan for Thanksgiving. Gather with your family and hug their necks this holiday season. As I reflect on my life and all of the blessings I have, I’m reminded that my family and friends are what’s important in life.
As always, I’m available. Tekoamayor@gmail.com. (509) 284-2847 (home). (509) 428-9447 (cell). See you soon!
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