By Judy Woods
Spring is coming and your thoughts may be headed towards travel. You may want to apply for a passport. It just so happens that you can apply at City Hall right here in Sultan. They have the application for you to fill out, and they are able to show you how. You will need a certified copy of your birth certificate and your driver’s license, and you will need $110 for the application. They will take your picture for the passport. That will cost $10 and they also will charge you $25 for their services (that is the same everywhere).
They take the applications for passports from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Did you know that if you live within the city limits of Sultan your pet has to be licensed? Actually the deadline for buying licenses for your pet was Jan. 31, but you still need to get the license, so they are at City Hall for you. They also do notary services.
A group here in Sultan is going to build a float for the parades in the area, to be called the Sky Valley Float. It measures 8 feet wide by 30 feet long and will feature the outdoor activities of this area. If you’d like to be a part of this exciting project, contact Debbie Copple at the visitor’s center, (360) 793-0983. With all of the talent we have in this valley, it should be a beautiful float.
The library has a gazillion things happening, as usual. The first thing on the list is preschool reading time on Mondays, Feb. 3rd, 10, and 24, at 11 a.m. They are going to have a book and bake sale on Feb. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. They want you to come and see the huge room full of gently-used books on sale for a great discount while you munch on a goodie that you have purchased. It’s a lot of fun, and the baked goodies are really delicious. Last but not least is the Gadget Menagerie that is geared towards the teens in your home, (they should have this one for grandmas, too). This is where you learn how various eReaders, tablets and other devices work. Discover what they have in common and how they differ. This one will happen on Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 1:30 -3:30 p.m.
If you want to join the Senior Center, there is no age limit. The fee for membership is $12 for those who are 55 or older, and $15 for those who are under 55 years of age, payable each year.
If you would like to have lunch there, the cost is $4 per member and $6 for non-members, which is still a whale of a buy. Pancake breakfasts, which are on the first Saturday of every month, are $5.
If you need your hair fixed, ask about the hairdresser. The fire department comes in and takes blood pressure and checks your blood sugar upon request every two weeks. I had someone ask me a question about the Senior Center and as often as I write about it, I didn’t know, so I thought that I had better find out about it and there it is.
Now, I have another revelation for you. The renewal of the Sultan School District Educational and Maintenance Levy is up for voter approval. I am so proud of this district and what they do, I set about to tell a story about all of the great things going on in our schools. What I found was so dynamic, so positive, innovative, energetic, exciting I don’t have the talent to get it down. We interviewed Nathan Plummer, who is the principal of the middle school; you talk about a positive thinker! He is one! They have programs developed to help the students in whatever their challenge may be. He is there to help and the teachers are there to help!
They see Microsoft, Boeing, Verizon and all of these other big employers who want to hire qualified people from their home area here! The programs are now in our schools or soon will be so that our students will be prepared to go into whatever field they choose. And thanks to the “Educational and Maintenance Levy” a lot of their training and education in whatever field they choose will already be paid for. They can just proceed. This levy is so important; it has to pass.