There is a Block Watch meeting at City Hall every third Wednesday night of each month. Granted, quite a bit of what we discuss at these meetings are the same things that we have discussed sometime in the past at one time or another. However, if we don’t keep up on it, we have a tendency to forget some of the tips. Also, it is good to be aware of what is happening in other neighborhoods or towns other than ours.
For example, if you would like to have more light in your neighborhood and have a power pole in your yard, you can request a light be put on the power pole free of charge. You just have to pay the light bill on it which usually runs around $15 a month or so. This has become very successful in other towns.
Another tip: Don’t leave anything in your car, don’t leave it running for any reason, and don’t leave the windows down or doors unlocked. These are all common sense rules but as we get busy with our hectic lives, we all need little reminders before we do something wrong. A F.B.I. statistic said that 1 in 3 crimes that are committed are never reported. The bad guys are getting away with an awful lot just because we got careless.
The Sultan Harvest was Nov. 28. The Sultan Harvest is a great big turkey dinner with all of the trimmings, including pie, and it is free of charge! Everyone who has had anything to do with that dinner really looks forward to it, whether they are volunteering to work or are there to eat and visit or both.
I can’t imagine anyone looking forward to washing dishes or peeling potatoes but they do. Of course, they get to take a break and eat too. It is just a warm wonderful way to spend Thanksgiving. If you would like to volunteer, you’d sure be welcome. The dinner is located at the Senior Center in the “A” frame at 701 1st Street. They fed 255 pounds of turkey to around 300 people last year. Put this event on your “Must Do” list for next year. You won’t be sorry.
Ellen Younkers moved to this area with her family when she was 15, that was 1945.
She can remember her father going to the Indian reservation in North Dakota, where he would buy wild horses to break to become workhorses for such things as pulling a plow. She remembers how wild some of those horses were. But her Dad really liked what he was doing, except for the cold winters back there.
Eventually the weather got to him, his son wanted to buy his place, and his sister lived out here, so he decided to move his family out here for better weather and to raise berries. Ellen was 15 then.
She remembers square dancing in the old C.C. camp building. The High School burned down so the kids were all attending school in the C.C.C. building. At lunchtime, the kids would move the desks back against the walls and square dance.
Ellen eventually met a young man, John, who became her husband when she was 18. He worked in the
woods. They could work during the summer months only, and then would be laid off during the winter, when he received $25 a week for unemployment. Their rent for the place they were living in was $25 a month until their landlord switched the cookstove from oil to electric. Then he charged them $35 a month.
As time went by, Ellen’s husband decided to go to work in the school as a janitor. It was warm in the school and he didn’t have to worry about layoffs. Besides, her father worked as a janitor there for 14 years, so he was able to show John the ropes. Ellen was busy with their two children, a girl, Ester and a boy, David. They both are living successful lives nearby.
Eventually, Ellen also went to work as a janitor to help her husband because the grade school had expanded and he needed help. Her first job was to clean 20 bathrooms (with three to four toilets each) a day, and that started her career as a janitor. She worked as a janitor for Bank of America for 50 years. She worked for the Mason’s Hall, the Police Department when it was up on the highway, the telephone company and the clinic.
Ellen took a lot of pride in her work so she was in demand as a janitor. She figures that she had keys to two-thirds of this town at one time or another, and when she retired, it was decided that she had cleaned over 1,000,000 bathrooms in her career. She also cooked for 12 years at the high school.
What is she doing now? Her home is where she is happiest. It is as spotless, as you can well imagine. She does all of her own yard work, including mowing her lawn, and growing a garden every summer. She does all kinds of needle work, some of which I have never heard of. And being a true Sultanite, she volunteers.
She works at the at Tabitha House. She needs very little medication to maintain her health and she is 81 years old.
Ellen’s entertainment of choice is playing a game called Rummikub with her friend Rose Law who is at the age of 101 years, and Debbie.
When I went to Ellen’s home, I could sense her contentment with her life and the way things are. Good for her!
The featured Business of the Month for Sultan is Soul in Bronze. His work is featured in the lobby of the City Center, with the little boy who is sitting on a stump. The sculptor’s name is Kevin Pettelle. Can you believe it? I do believe that we are becoming a Mecca for artists. There is Paula, Barbara, Bronn, all of the people at Grow Washington, Katheryne, Robert, and who have I missed? Remember, we are a very small town and to have so many talented people among us.
Sultan’s Finance Director Laura Koenig has announced that the City of Sultan is kicking off a photo contest to place the winning photo on the cover of the finalized 2014 City Budget.
“We’re very proud of Sultan’s Award Winning and Statewide Recognized Budget and we wanted to involve the community in putting on the final touch that will be a photo taken by a local citizen on the cover,” commented Koenig.
The city’s 2014 Budget fully explains what the City of Sultan is doing for the citizens of Sultan and is distributed to the City Council, Washington State Auditor’s Office and the Sultan Library and is available on line for review. Approximately 30-50 documents are distributed statewide.
The City of Sultan received the Distinguished Budget Award in 2013 and will submit again in 2014 with the winning photo on the cover.
Photos must be of Sultan, Sultan residents, or Sultan Community events. Please submit your nomination to email@example.com or deliver it to Sultan City Hall, 319 Main Street. The deadline for submittal is 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13. A panel of judges will select the winning photo to be announced at the Dec. 19 Council Meeting ,
For additional information contact Laura Koenig at the City of Sultan, (360) 793-1168 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
I saw Susie Hollenbeck at the Block Watch meeting last Wednesday. She is beginning to lose her hair, so she went ahead and had it cut short. You know, she is still pretty. Her spirit is still good and her desire to be busy outside still pulls on her pretty hard even if she does feel crummy.
Dec. 7 is a big day of celebration to bring in the Christmas season. First is the Pancake Breakfast at the Senior Canter. The Pancake Breakfast consists of all of the pancakes you can eat along with scrambled eggs, bacon or ham or sausage. Or you can have biscuits and gravy and beverage, all for $5!
Second is Winter Fest. located at the High School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are numerable handcrafts on display for your Christmas shopping. There will be lots of entertainment from the students, free health checkups, cookies from the Senior Center and popcorn from the Lions. What else can you ask for?
Third is the Tree Lighting ceremony out by the Gazebo. Santa will be there!