October 1 - Empire Theatre Meeting, 1:30 p.m. - Feeding Station
October 1 - Ambulance Meeting, 6:00 p.m. - Ambulance Building
October 1 - Senior Pinochle, 1:30 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
October 1 - Hospital Dristrict Meeting, 6:30 p.m. - City Hall
October 2 - Tekoa Bike Club, 8:30 a.m. - Eclair's
October 4 - Chamber Meeting, 7:30 a.m. - Feeding Station
October 7 - City Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
October 8 - FD #1 Commissioners Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - 101 N Crosby
October 8 - HTC, 9:00 a.m. - Kathy Kramer's Home
October 15 - Park and Rec Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
October 15 - Senior Pinochle, 1:30 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
October 21 - City Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
October 24 - Tekoa Food Bank, 8:30 a.m. - City Hall
October 28 - Ambulance Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - Ambulance Building
October 30 - School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - District Board Room
Celebrate Recovery - Every Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
****The candidate forum for October 2 has been cancelled.
***Water meters have been read for the last time. Please be sure to insulate your meter boxes to keep them from freezing this winter.
PUBLIC NOTICE: The City of Tekoa will hold a public hearing during the October 7, 2019, council meeting to set the tax levy rate for 2020. We will also hold a public hearing at the October 21, 2019, council meeting for the 2020 preliminary budget. Both meetings will be held after the hour of 7 p.m. at the City of Tekoa council chambers. All citizens are invited to attend. Kynda Browning, Clerk/Treasurer
Tekoa Library Happenings for October-- Another great month is in the works for the Tekoa Library. Are you in need of help with computer skills like downloading pictures, creating documents, downloading to a flash drive, using social media, or other? Drop by between 1:00 - 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 10 for FREE COMPUTER HELP. We have someone available to help answer your questions. Call the library for more info. Then, on Tuesday, October 15, SHIBA volunteers Joyce & Daniel Leonard will be available for FREE HELP WITH YOUR 2020 MEDICARE PROGRAM. Kids Club (Early Release Day) is Wednesday, October 16 at noon. Check out the Tekoa Library Facebook page or the library homepage at http://www.whitco.lib.wa.us for info on several ongoing programs such as Cookies for Teens, Story Time, Ladies Circle, and more. See you at the library!
Tekoa Empire Theatre Events in October: October 4 @ 7 p.m. The Senders! Come join us for Classic Music from the 50’s 60’s and 70’s. Admission is $20. Advanced tickets available at: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4336701. October 26 @ 7 p.m., join us for a Very Scary 2nd Annual Halloween Double Feature: 1922’s Nosferatu and Damien Leone’s Terrifier. Price of Admission: 2 cans of food or non-perishables. Mature audiences 18 +. Prize for best costume!
HEALTHY Tekoa News! October has lots of family and teen, drug-free events! Prescription Take Back day is the last Saturday of the month.Stop by the Tekoa Pharmacy all month long to bring in your unusedprescriptions. The last week of the month is Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31). It is about raising awareness to youth to stay healthy by educating on thedangers of drug use and abuse and to respect ourselves to stay drug-free.For a healthy Homecoming we will be at the Community Bonfire onSunday, October 6, beginning at 6:30 p.m., same place as last year at the walking bridge by the creek. Andlater this month, come in your favorite family-friendly costume to our FREEFamily Carnival on Saturday, October 26, from 1-3 p.m. at the Grade School Gym. There are games, prizes, costume contest, crafts and fun! A parent is required to get in. Family Night 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, Tekoa! The weatherman said today we’re looking at 32 degrees in a few days. Whaaaaat!?! NOOOOO!!!! I hope you’re preparing for the turning of the seasons. I’m not quite done myself, but we’re getting there. Still need to close up a few things before the frost comes.
School is officially in session. I mentioned this last month, and I’m going to remind everyone again that it’s important to be careful driving our streets while the kiddos are out there. Please…spend an extra second or two at the stop sign, check your mirrors, and make sure our babies are safe! Also, parents…. FREE CHILD CARE HAS BEGUN! Haa haa haa! Oh my… (Remember…Don’t celebrate in front of the children…It hurts their feelings…Plus, you should absolutely THANK A TEACHER RIGHT NOW!!!!)
What You Need To Know:
September’s council meeting was full of citizens voicing their concerns about issues in the city. I love that our community can come together and make informed decisions. I hope each and every one of you feels confident in approaching the council with your ideas and suggestions, and I encourage all of you to do so. There was much discussion about the community center fee schedule and a presentation from SEWEDA (SE Washington Economic Development Association) on visions and support for Tekoa businesses! Commerce is the lifeblood of Tekoa, and I sincerely hope you spend your hard-earned dollars right here in our little community. For me personally, I always weigh the fuel costs to drive out of town against the prices offered RIGHT HERE IN TEKOA. You’ll be surprised if you spend a minute and do the math!
There’s a new fuel card reader out at the airport! The Port of Whitman County provided funds to the city to continue this important service and it’s installed! Councilman Roy Schulz and City Clerk Kynda Browning were instrumental in making this happen. Thank you so much for your hard work! Also, Cascades Computing provided the broadband connection out there. Thank you so much.
There was a candidate forum on September 18th. I had originally scheduled 2 forums, with an additional forum on October 2nd; however, after feedback from several citizens, I’ve decided to CANCEL October 2nd’s forum. I apologize if you weren’t able to attend in September.
Now, let’s close with some FUN STUFF!!!! You’re a part of the Best Slice of America. The Best Piece of Washington State. Can you take a moment right now…? Take in a deeeeeep breath. (Close your eyes. The grass is green. The sun is shining. Breathe in through your nose…) We’re in such a unique and special piece of Washington State. I’ve literally been all over the world in the US Army, and Tekoa, WA: You Are A Gem.
Always…I’m available. Tekoamayor@gmail.com. (509) 284-2847 (home); (509) 428-9447 (cell). Or just …stop by! I will get back to you.
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