The City of Tekoa is looking for volunteers to be on the Tree Board. Contact City Hall at 509-284-3861 if you are interested.
Meters were not read in May. The guys have been busy getting the roads prepared for the chip seal process. They will be read in June.
Opening June 1, 2015, Tekoa Chiropractic . Open Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Walk-ins welcome. 107 S. Crosby, next to the Post Office.
Park and Rec News:
Tekoa Pool will be having an opening day celebration on Wednesday, June 11, from 1 p.m.–5 p.m. Come enjoy free swimming, sign up for swimming lessons, meet our swim team coach and swim instructors, join the TR Swim Team, and purchase your discounted swim pass! The Park board will be serving BBQ hot dogs, chips, and a drink! Swim passes will be available to purchase for $50 for family and $30 for individual.
*This price is only good on Wednesday, June 11
Regular pass rates are $70 for a family and $40 for an individual. The pool will offer water aerobics with Fran again this year starting June 16. The classes will be on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5 p.m. There is no additional fee for the class if you have a swim pass. Standard daily swim rates apply without a pass. Swim lessons will be held July 6 – 17and July 27 - August 7. The cost for the class is $20.00 per child. Have you seen the City Park next to the Tekoa Pharmacy? The park has been spruced up with new plants and trees, thanks to the volunteer effort of Cheri Currier. The Park Board really appreciates all her hard work; she has spent many hours volunteering to make Tekoa a beautiful place. Thank you, Cheri!
Tekoa Library News:
Calling all reading superheroes! Tekoa Library’s Summer Reading starts Thursday, June 18,at noon and continues until July 23. Summer reading programs are for kids, teens and adults. Look for flyers around the community for program descriptions, but here is short list of some of the fun: June 18--kids draw their superhero, June 26--Cartoonist Andrew Wahl shares comic book superheroes and villains, July 2--kids make superhero capes. Stop by the library for reading guidelines. There will be prizes and goodies for all readers and finishers. Want up-to-date information about library happenings and fun pictures? Make sure to like the Tekoa Library Facebook page; bookmark the library’s webpage, www.whitco.lib.wa.us or call Diane during Tekoa Library hours which are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1:30–6 p.m. and Thursdays from noon – 6 p.m. Need help when the Tekoa Library is closed? Call the Colfax branch of the Whitman County Library toll-free at 877-733-3375.
Messages from the Mayor—
Another month has come and gone!! It seems like I just finished my last newsletter. And boy, am I taking flack about my ticketing those who make U-turns on downtown Crosby Street. I’ll probably get even more when I include ticketing those who park downtown on the wrong side of Crosby Street!! It’s a good thing I’m making “big bucks” as mayor, or I would avoid such controversial issues. On the serious side, both traffic infractions are unnecessary, and, I believe, it shows a lack of respect for our community.
As you may have noticed, the Park Street project is well under way, and our guys are preparing the gravel roads that have been chosen to be chip-sealed. The first part of the project, the oil, is scheduled to be applied around June 10. We will also be applying an epoxy substance on the wall on Warren Street to see if it will adhere to the concrete. If it does, the wall will look much better than it does now.
Now I must refresh you on the latest Slippery Gulch news. Let me start with the Shriner Band scheduled to play in the Empire Theatre at about 1 p.m. The admission charge is $2.00, and the band is not charging us for coming to Tekoa to play. Hopefully, we can hand them a check that would reflect their time and commitment to their important cause—the Shriners’ Children’s Hospital.
Last month I wrote about the variety show that begins at 3 p.m. in the theatre. This time, I need to mention the first--possibly annual--Tekoa Bike Club “Fire Cracker Five” bike race! There is a registration fee, but all racers receive a commemorative T-shirt. If you need more information, call Tim St. John at 285-6465.
The fireworks auction was a huge success again this year. It always amazes me what a small group (50) can come up with when you auction off cakes, pies, cookies, etc. This year the amount exceeded $10,000!!
The city will again maintain yards that are neglected in town. Our concerns are both rodent and insect control and the threat of fire during our dry summer months. If you are aware of property in town that you have concerns with, call Tekoa City Hall. The city bills property owners when it becomes necessary for us to do weed control and maintain their lawns.
I’ll end my newsletter with another call for someone to take over Eileen Soldwedel’s council position on the city council. Please contact Tekoa City Hall before June 12 if you are interested.