By Judy Woods
The vote on the Sultan school levy will be held February 11. This measure is so important to continue to support the exceptional standards set by this district. I hope to list the awards and honors earned by this district in just the past two years in the next issue of this paper. You will be astounded.
Craig Young, chairperson of the Chief T’suel-Ted Statue Committee, will have a meeting on Monday, February 24 at Galaxy Chocolates. They will discuss how to best preserve the statue of the chief.
Sultan City Officials are going to Olympia at least twice a week and sometimes every day to continue to remind our state legislature about the needs of this town, mainly the U.S. 2 bike/pedestrian bridge, and the sanitary sewer and water improvements. They explained to us that they will be going to Olympia starting at 5:30 Monday morning and they will be back in the afternoon. Then, this week in particular, they will be going back again every day at about the same time. They feel that, by being in Olympia as much as is possible, their lobbying efforts will be better understood. They are working a grueling schedule for as long as the state legislature is in session.
Chief Monte is continuing to remind us that cars are being easily stolen because the owners left them outside to warm up while the owners are in the house. So the crooks get a nice car, all warmed up, ready to go.
The Sky Valley Citizens Academy will begin February 6 and continue through May 1, 2014. It teaches us about the day-to-day operations of law enforcement. If you want to attend you will have to hurry to get signed up and accepted since you have to clear a background check. You can apply at the Sultan Police Department.
After being employed by the Boeing Airplane Company for only three months, there was a big layoff which included a local man named Bud. So Bud went to work for the Department of Transportation for the State of Washington, in the maintenance department. He stayed there for the next 27 1/2 years.
He and his wife have three children; Mike, the oldest, Tonya, his daughter, and Ken, the youngest. So far Mike has had three daughters and Tonya has had one. Ken isn’t married yet.
The family took up square dancing as a family activity, which was a big success since the kids eventually won state honors in it.
Since Bud and his wife were separated, Bud decided to go square dancing one evening, and while dancing, Bud met a lady named Grace, who would become the love of his life.
Together they, along with a relative and friend, were able to find a beautiful piece of property out on the Wallace River in Startup where they were able to build their dream home. And it is truly a dream place. Everything was wonderful until Grace became ill in 1994. She and Bud fought her illness together until she passed in 2010.
Bud was lost with such a hole in his life so he signed up at the East County Senior Center and then eventually the Sultan Senior Center, where he has become a volunteer, working around six hours a week. He is also a charter member of the Sultan Sky Valley Lions Club, where he volunteers for one hour each meeting as a monitor and caretaker of the club’s possessions.