By Judy Woods
The Saturday Market is open for business. At the first Saturday Market, there were quite a few vendors, from candle makers to flower sellers and everything in between. The weather, however, was not in the mood to cooperate so business was pretty slow. We’ll try again next month.
Lip Sync is coming! Lip Sync is coming! Tickets cost just $3 each for adults and $2 each for students 18 years old and younger. It starts at 7 p.m. Friday, May 16 at the Sultan High School Commons unless you are a participant; then you have to be there at 6 p.m. Refreshments are being provided by the Chamber of Commerce. There are certain rules that you have to follow if you want to be a participant in the program; call (360) 783-9883 for more information. For the rest of us, I can’t think of a better way in this whole world to get rid of the blahs than to go to Lip Sync! What a crazy, silly, goofy night that will be.
There will be a meeting of the Friends of the Library on May 15 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. They will be discussing the upcoming Bake and Book Sale that is scheduled for the end of this month, for one thing. On May 17 at 10 a.m. to noon there will be a workshop designed for early learning professionals who work with preschoolers and pre-kindergarteners. This program is supported by the Sno-Isle Library Foundation.
We attended a City Council meeting the other night, as we do quite often. While I was sitting there listening to proposals that were being presented to the council by experts in the field that they were representing for approval or denial, it dawned on me what a responsibility being on the council is. We are talking about the prospect of hundreds of thousands of dollars, and each council member must become an expert to know all of the positives and negatives of this proposal to be able to vote intelligently on it.
Heaven forbid that a mistake is made by someone because there is always somebody who will loudly criticize in public instead of when comments are sought during council meetings before the vote is even taken!
Each council member has their occupation that they have to devote their time to during working hours, they have their families who need attention, and then come these proposals that they must learn inside and out. All of this for a grand wage of $150 a month. I can’t tell you the amount of admiration and respect I have for these council members who very obviously take their positions very seriously. My husband’s and my volunteer hours aren’t even a drop in the bucket compared to those people.
“Kids’ Café,” a V.O.A. sponsored lunch feeding program for kids during summer vacations, will be made available again this summer. The lunches will be made available at both Gold Bar and Sultan Elementary for kids from 1-18. They do not have to belong to the Sultan School District. The date to start this program is June 18, and it will be open five days a week until August 29. It will be closed on July 4. More information will be made available soon.
The girls down at City Hall wanted to let you know that the processing time for passports has gone up. It is going to take from four to six weeks now. The fault lies with the processing center. Evidently they are just running slow because of the volume of applications that they are receiving. So here is a run-down on the cost of passports now; it’s $110 for the passport, the processing fee is $25, and the pictures are $10.
You can still get it all done at City Hall; it is just that it is going to take longer. If you know that you are going to need one this summer, you had better get started on it now. You will need your driver’s license and your birth certificate or some other form of identification. If you have any other questions please call (360) 793-2231.
There is a Business Workshop 101 on May 16 at the Visitor’s Center, located at 320 Main St. in Sultan. The class will be conducted by Mayor Carolyn Eslick and Chamber of Commerce President Kevin Johnson. The class runs from 8-9:30 a.m.
Elizabeth Emmons was honored at the Everett Country Club last Thursday, when she was presented with the W.A.S.A. award. “W.A.S.A.” stands for Washington Association of School Administrators. She was nominated because of all of her hard work on the School Maintenance Levy that passed earlier this spring, as well as all of the success that she has earned with the Sultan Elementary P.T.O. Elizabeth is a very high energy, creative, imaginative and positive person. I can’t imagine her not being honored for her work.
She said that she felt uncomfortable accepting the recognition because she was taught how to become an effective advocate by Debbie Copple of the Chamber of Commerce. She described how Debbie took her under her wing many years ago, and started to show her how to become so effective. I say that, if that is the case, we are so fortunate here in Sultan to have both of them. Congratulations to Elizabeth.