February 3 - City Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
February 4 - Empire Theatre Meeting, 11:30 a.m. - Feeding Station
February 4 - Ambulance Meeting, 6:00 p.m. - Ambulance Building
February 4 - Senior Pinochle, 1:30 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
February 4 - Hospital District Meeting, MEETING CANCELLED
February 5 - Tekoa Bike Club, 8:30 a.m. - Eclair's
February 7 - Chamber Meeting, 7:30 a.m. - Feeding Station
February 11 - FD #1 Commissioners Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - 101 N Crosby
February 11 - HTC, 9:00 a.m. - Kathy Kramer's Home
February 11 - Hospital District Meeting, 6:30 p.m. - City Hall
February 17 - City Council Meeting, MEETING CANCELLED
February 18 - Park and Rec. Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
February 18 - Senior Pinochle, 1:30 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
February 19 - Slippery Gulch Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - Eclair's
February 24 - Ambulance Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - Ambulance Building
February 26 - School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - District Board Room
February 27 - Tekoa Food Bank, 8:00 a.m. - City Hall
Celebrate Recovery - Every Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
***City Hall will be closed on Monday, February 17, for Presidents’ Day.
***Reminder: Sewer rates have increased $5.00 beginning January 1. They will increase again $5.00 next year in January 2021. This increase is to pay for the required Department of Ecology sewer plant updates.
***REMINDER TO EVERYONE WHO HAVE NOT PURCHASED THEIR 2020 DOG LICENSES, THEY WERE DUE BY JANUARY 31. PLEASE PAY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
Tekoa Library Happenings for February 2020
February is Food for Fines at the Library. Bring in nonperishable food and waive up to $10 in outstanding library fines. Even if you don’t have fines, you can contribute to our food drive which will help stock the pantry shelf we keep in the Tekoa Library. Also happening in February is Kids Club (Early Release Day) on Feb. 5th. Kids, join us from Noon to 1:00 p.m. for Slinky Science, for hands-on fun! Short Story Club for Adults (just like Book Club but … shorter) starts on Tuesday, Feb 4, at 7:00 p.m. We’ll meet every other week (5 times) until March 31st. Listen to the reading of a selected short story and join in on discussion afterwards. Snacks included. Marimn Health (Plummer) will be available in the library on Thursday, February 20, from 2-4 p.m. for help with Medicaid applications for kids. Finally, Teens, stop by on Friday, February 28, for Teen Game Night. Games, food, fun … all free from 7-9 p.m. Co-sponsored with Healthy Tekoa. Follow the Tekoa Library on Facebook for info. on other programs and events at the library.
The Tekoa Christmas Fund committee
We would like to thank ALL the businesses and individuals who so generously supported the Christmas Fund in 2019!! We were able to assist 177 adults and children this year with a voucher for grocery shopping along with a ham and a turkey for each household! A donation was also made to the Tekoa Emergency Fund in order to help those in critical need throughout the year. Thank you again for your generous support of our annual Christmas Fund collection! Chris & Liz Smith, and Shannon Mchargue.
HEALTHY Tekoa News!
Family Night Out focus is strengthening the bonds between students and community…and school… and family. Teens, family and friends will have a fun free night out playing “Trivia Books to Movies” at Tekoa Library on Friday, February 28, from 7-9 p.m. Teens and family, come out to play a new interactive game based on the most popular books and movies! 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~
Welcome to February! What wonderful weather we’re having… (Errgh!) I hope you and yours are enjoying our wonderful community. I’m trying to stay positive by reminding myself that spring is just around the corner… I think… HA!
I’ve got a few action items to report on this month:
I met with Sheriff Brett Myers last week to discuss more policing in Tekoa. There will, of course, be more costs involved with having more than 20 hours per week. The city council will need to discuss and approve if they want to proceed. Sheriff Myers did tell me he has enough deputies right now to provide 30 hours per week if the Council decides to proceed. Also, during my meeting with the sheriff, he told me if the community has questions or concerns regarding the Sheriff’s Department, you can email him directly at BrettM@WhitmanCounty.net
The Snow. Ugh… Plows are a necessary evil to keep the roads open for all of us. With that said, I’d like to remind everyone to watch for those plows when they come through. If you can move your car so they can plow up to the curb, it makes everyone’s lives that much easier! If you’re not able to move your car while the plow is going by, there will be a snow berm around it. There’s nowhere else they can put that snow. Also, if you’ve got a fire hydrant near your home, it would be much appreciated if you keep it cleared from snow in case there’s an emergency. If you’re a morning person, make sure you wave to Duane when he goes by at 4:30 a.m.!
The Tekoa Community Center is coming along. Duane and Kevin have been in there over the last couple of weeks finishing up what needs to be done. If you haven’t had a chance to stop by, you can peek in the new windows and see how much work they’ve accomplished in there. I’m so excited that this project is expected to be completed in the next few weeks.
Finally, it was a tough January for our Tekoa family. I hope you find the time to hold your loved ones a little closer. Give them an extra squeeze before you leave for work. Spend a few more moments just enjoying your people. For those families who lost loved ones, I’m so very sorry for your loss. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.
As always, I’m available. You can reach me at TekoaMayor@Gmail.com. 509-428-9447 -cell, 509-284-2847 -home.
See you soon!
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