By Judy Woods
Whenever I hear of Susie Hollenbeck, I picture clean, litter-free parks. Try to think of any small town that does not have a fulltime parks department that has parks and open spaces as clean and beautiful as we do. If Susie is up and about, and she catches you not respecting our open spaces, Heaven help you. You can’t go to her superior, because she is a volunteer who loves this town like no other. We, in town, support her.
Susie called yesterday to say how humbled and thankful she feels towards all of the folks in and about this town who have shown such love and support since it was announced that she is so sick. We need to keep up that support both financially and morally. She still has a long way to go. Her first treatment is Monday.
Our very own professional harpist, Bronn Journey, and his wife and accomplice, Katherine, are announcing the upcoming date of their Christmas concert in Everett at the Everett Performing Arts Center Dec. 22, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. If you have never heard Bronn play, you can find him on M.C. Easy Listening, on Comcast music station channel 939. The phone number for tickets is (425) 257-8600.
Sultan should become known as the “big little city.” The volunteering that is done without expectation of repayment is huge. Everyone involved has to love and have respect for one another and what they do.
Here is another story on how much impact a single person can have in a community. The problem is that she has done so much it is difficult to list all that she has done. She raised five children and tried foster parenting for a short time but it hurt too much to let the kids go. She contemplated becoming a surrogate mother but decided that that would hurt even worse than giving up foster children.
She has started up and run a food bank with a disabled friend where she also delivered food to shut-ins until she had to have knee surgery. She has been a midwife and has delivered 400 babies. She has cooked meals with her own money to feed the homeless, is a massage therapist, a caregiver and a waitress.
Do you see why she is so hard to write about? A person could write a novel about her! She has two mottoes that she lives by; “Everyone deserves respect,” and “There is so much to do and so little life to do it in.”
She has three ex-homeless people living with her and her grandson. She has been able to help people this way.
Now she runs Tabitha House at the United Methodist Church. When she went in, she and friends refurbished the whole place and set up displays for the clothing inventory. She washes everything at her house before it goes on display. If she needs something for someone she is likely to buy it with her own Social Security check.
Her name is Donna Rice and she is the youngest 78-year-old I have ever seen.
What a Veteran’s Day Celebration this one is shaping up to be! Our own Paula Thomas has agreed to sing, and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene will be in attendance to present Sultan with an American flag that has been flown over the White House.
The next Boom Town meeting is on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at City Hall. This isan important meeting because they are going to set the agenda for the future meetings next spring.