By Judy Woods
Did you see the latest newsletter sent by the Sultan School District? Pretty impressive stuff! Looks like everyone started this year at a full run! First of all, they performed energy proficient upgrades on Gold Bar and Sultan Elementary Schools, as well as the middle school and high school on a partial grant. As a result, the district expects to save $38,000 a year in energy costs!
There is also tuition-free, all-day kindergarten available this year. It is surprising to realize that the children enrolled are two months ahead of the half-day children from a year ago.
Then there is, to me, the most exciting news of all! Next semester, the middle school is going to be offered a limited program called STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and math. STEM is being offered to the middle school through Everett Community College, and it will be offered to everyone next year.
In this program, students will be able to eventually build hovercrafts, wind turbine blades and use rocket propulsion. They are expanding the computer programs and are introducing robotics and a robotic club. What an opportunity!
There are also new counselors and new programs this year, all to help the students become even more successful.
Have you ever planned on taking a vacation only to find it just too expensive for you? Either that or, it takes more time to reach your destination than expected?
Fox National News said that the Cascade Loop Highway is one of the “most spectacular fall scenic drives in the country.” There is skiing, snowboarding, driving, touring, camping, hiking, gold panning, fishing, boating and shopping. You can eat in a hamburger place or a place of fine dining, and you can do it all right here. There is a guide book called the Cascade Loop Highway at the visitors’ center in Sultan; get one and see what you have been missing.
The senior center is now offering their lunch program to everyone! It is always a full meal deal and it only costs $6 for nonmembers and $5 for members. A menu for the month will be posted in the kiosk next to the library.
Take a friend and go to their all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast for $5. That includes a beverage, sausage or bacon or ham, biscuits and gravy and eggs. This event happens on the first Saturday of every month, 8 a.m. until noon.
There is a silent dessert auction being held at Galaxy Chocolates on Nov. 23. Go to Galaxy Chocolates and sign up to donate a dessert, then bring it in a day early so that Katheryne can find the best way to display it. She has a cooler for those desserts that need refrigeration. The auction will run from noon to 4 p.m. All proceeds will go to the senior center. They really need help right now.
Craig Young and Mars Miller and their committee were honored by the city, mayor, and the city council for all their hard work on the Return of the Salmon Celebration. Congratulations to all.
The Sultan Harvest is starting to come together. Adelle, the chairman of this event, would sure feel a lot better if those interested would step forward and volunteer now. Everyone who has worked this event in the past has really enjoyed the experience.
Sultan Harvest coordinators still need large and small clean coats, hats, scarves, gloves and blankets. Come and help out; she needs cooks, servers and people for clean-up and tear-down, as well just visiting with diners. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, Nov.19.
The Veterans Day Celebration was spectacular. The weather was a lot nicer than anyone would have expected. There was a very large crowd, and Paula Thomas nailed the National Anthem. The bagpipes were beautiful and the speakers were eloquent.
Right when the ceremony was over, almost to the minute, Mother Nature said that it was her turn and – whoosh! – the wind picked up until we were holding onto tent legs to hold the tents down; one tent got away. No one was hurt but the tent was upside down, just that quick! It was amazing!
You may see bins for pet food in stores. There is a food drive to help the less fortunate feed their pets. As hard-pressed as the food banks are, I imagine that there are a lot of pets that are hungry, too.
Speaking of the Sultan Harvest once more, there is a helper there who, despite her young age, has become a fixture during that dinner and many more Chamber of Commerce-sponsored special events. I came to know her as “the potato peeler” long before I knew her real name, which is Kim Kenagy. Can you imagine peeling enough potatoes to feed 300 people? It is obvious that she likes to help out whenever she is needed. It has been estimated that she has volunteered hundreds of hours in this community despite her very busy schedule. She works a fulltime job, plays varsity soccer and keeps her grades up at Everett Community College where she studies advanced placement geography.
Needless to say, Kim is a very high-energy young lady. She is the student representative at the city council and also at the Sno-Isle Library Board. She was able to attend Everett Community College on a scholarship because she passed a test with a score higher than 100.
Upon graduation this spring, Kim will enter the Navy, where she has already enlisted. We all are going to miss her and her positive spirit. The Navy really found a rare jewel when they enlisted Kim. We wish her only the best and are going to miss her greatly
Speaking of high energy, I was able to speak to Susie Hollenbeck the other day. She looks pretty good, maybe lost a little more weight. She said that she feels pretty good except she feels tired a lot of the time. I believe that her next treatment is on Monday. Keep her in your thoughts and help her financially if you can.