By Judy Woods
Katheryn down at Galaxy Chocolates needs desserts like cakes, pies, cookies and cupcakes for her silent auction. It will be held on Nov. 23 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and all proceeds will go to the Sky Valley Senior Center. She plans on setting up special display cases to really show the desserts off and has refrigeration for the desserts that need it, so she needs to know ahead of time if you plan on donating. She really is hoping that this will be a big boost for the center.
Did you know that Katheryn has also offered to donate 20 pies to Sultan Harvest? That, plus she is donating the use of her shop to the Senior Center for the silent auction. Is “thank you” enough?
We had our last Veterans Day Celebration planning meeting this morning. I really hope we have everything covered; it sure looks like it is going to be extremely nice and we are all very excited. If you are a veteran and would like to be listed on the program, please call City Hall at (360) 793-2231 to give them your name. The celebration will held on Nov. 11 at the Flag Pavilion at 1 p.m.
Refreshments are being donated by Purdy and Kerr with Dawson Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider.
I got to visit with a successful artist with a cause yesterday. Her name is Barbara Kalinoski. Her “cause” is the rusty railroad bridge located next to the U.S. 2 bridge here in Sultan.
She wants it painted and does not understand why we have to put up with such an eyesore every time we drive out on the highway. She has contacted Senator Patty Murray, to no avail.
Then she tried state Senator Kirk Pearson, who said that the railroad would rather have someone else paint the bridge. He suggested that she file a Utility and Transportation Committee Complaint Form online.
Then she tried Warren Buffet by inviting him out to Sultan to check out how the railroad is protecting his investment. She also donated one dollar towards repairing the bridge.
Barbara became interested in painting when she was about 10, so she set about establishing herself as an artist to qualify for college. As a student in Taiwan, she had to pass an extremely difficult national test. It was very competitive. She would have her college expenses paid and have a guaranteed job upon graduation. All she had to do was work as a history teacher for two years.
After discovering art, history did not sound very exciting and so she had kind of a rough time with it.
Chinese art is her area of interest, and it is in black and white and gray, and that is it! When I thought about it, she was right. She is trying to change from so much calligraphy and try her hand at watercolor. She is going to try adding some color.
Barbara has shown her work at Sultan City Hall and in Edmonds. Her “bread and butter” comes from Chinese designs that she creates on a computer to be printed on silk. When an artist uses the computer for artwork, financially it is a one-time thing because there is no copyright.
When a painting is actually painted, it automatically is copyrighted so if that painting is copied, the artist receives royalties. So when Barbara sells her patterns to a designer over the computer, she has no copyright; the designer does.
When Barbara came to this country, she continued her education at the University of Oregon. She was very surprised to find that she could disagree with a professor and not get into serious trouble. In Formosa, you kept your mouth shut and listened instead.
She really appreciated the free exchange of ideas in our education system. There are some things, though, that she would like to see changed. She feels that the bullying and violence in our schools are brought on by our own system.
She would like to see uniforms to end the cliques based upon wardrobe. In her school a homeroom was actually a homeroom; the students were in one large room and were taught all of the general subjects such as math, history, and English.
Lunches were also served in the homeroom. This way no one was forced to eat alone and there was never a large amount of traffic in the halls.
All of Barbara’s family members were highly educated. Her father was a surgeon, her sister was an architect, another was an engineer and there were two doctors. Her father invented the Osprey aircraft. Boeing offered him $5,000 for the plans but he turned it down, believing that that was not enough money, so they just waited until the patent ran out and then started working on it, she said.
Barbara plans on continuing with her painting using the water theme. She has found an acupuncture specialist who is very interested in displaying her work in his office.
She will continue fighting for the bridge.
Safe Stop is back, but with new hours. On Wednesdays, it will be at Gold Bar Elementary for the middle school kids. They can attend from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and high school students can attend from 6:30 to 9 p.m. There will be free food from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
On Saturdays, it is located at Sultan Elementary from 6:30-8 p.m. for middle school students. For high school students, the time is 7:30-10 p.m. There will be free food from 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Kids have to be at least 11 years old to participate at both schools.
The library is celebrating “National Novel Writing Month” by having write-ins with local authors. You will be able to ask questions, seek advice, and bring your books to get autographed! This all happens on Nov. 25 from 3-5 p.m.
Don’t forget Susie Hollenbeck!