by Judy Woods
Woody and I have lived most of our lives in one small town or another. We have never seen a small town quite like Sultan. Truthfully, here we have never experienced the “us and them” attitude that can be prevalent in some small towns. Maybe that is why, in Sultan, there is so much enthusiasm and excitement, and so many fresh ideas, second tries and committees, and with or without success, projects always get another chance.
I can’t help but feel that a lot of this comes from the mayor. Her energy is continuous; her patience never-ending; her enthusiasm is boundless. Yet, if you ask for help cleaning a city-owned flowerbed, guess who will be first on her hands and knees working right along with us?
That is what happened last week, and she was there for the two days that it took to clean it. Can you imagine it? The mayor cleaning flower beds! She didn’t seem to think twice about it. I did. That is the mayor for you! She is the one who has worked so hard to try to bring new projects to this valley to promote tourism, jobs and to convince passers-by that Sultan is more than three stop lights and a roundabout to cuss at on their way to Stevens Pass.
Thank you Mayor Carolyn Eslick; what a leader you are!
Just a short two years ago a young man by the name of Nick Naslund graduated from Sultan High School and joined the Navy. He obviously has worked hard because he carries the rank of Petty Officer 3rd Class already. And now he has just been reassigned to his new post of Nuclear Propulsion Specialist on the Nuclear Air Craft Carrier U.S.S. Nimitz, after completing schooling in nuclear engineering in New York at the Nuclear Power Training Facility, where days were 14 hours long.
What do you want to bet that “Mom” (Councilwoman Marianne Naslund) is proud enough to bust her buttons, and who would blame her?! Welcome home, Nick, from everyone!
The grocery wish list from the Sultan Food Bank is mac-and-cheese, dressing mix, hamburger, Tuna Helper and other such side dishes.
When you are in the mood for a well-written historical novel about a pioneer family, try “Where Eagles Nest,” written by Helen F. Ward. It is a fictional pioneer story based on historical fact. It comes highly recommended by Ole Carlson. Helen Ward is our mayor’s sister.
The format of Coffee with the Mayor has been slightly changed. It starts with a social hour (that’s when you get your coffee and anything else you may want to order) then the actual meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m.
The Mayor, Carolyn Eslick has received the endorsement from the Republican Party for her bid for County Executive. Congratulations, Carolyn!
Loyalty Day was observed at the City Council Meeting on April 24 by Mayor Eslick to honor V.F.W., Sultan Post #2554. Loyalty Day originally was began as an “Americanization Day” to counter the Communist celebration of victory in the Russian Revolution. In 1930, 10,000 VFW members staged a rally at New York’s Union Square to promote patriotism. As a result of subsequent rallies over the years, Congress enacted Public Law 529 in 1958, proclaiming Loyalty Day a permanent fixture on the nation’s calendar. Loyalty Day is to be observed by the VFW between April 28and May 1.