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WITH A PERFECT STORM APPROACHING YELM –
WHAT CAN YOU DO?

In Monday’s blog entry, I outlined the potential of a “Perfect Storm” approaching Yelm with a set of facts that point to a convergence here this Spring.
Read more of that full entry.

HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

1. Shop Locally
Buy local, however even more importantly, shop from and support our locally owned businesses!
Our locally owned businesses are the backbone of our community, owned and staffed by people that made an investment in our community and who hire local personnel. Their energies and resources go back into and nourish our community in dollars and their spirit.

2. Your interest and support of our Police & Fire Departments issues is vital
Educate yourself and attend our emergency first-responders meetings to learn about their issues.
Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza made a presentation at the invitation of a neighborhood watch group gathering in the Bald Hills last week, attended by over 70 people. His talk centered on Community Outreach and Crime Prevention after a recent spate of robberies. While the group thanked him and his Lieutenant for coming, he thanked them and said this kind of public interaction is welcome and vital in developing great relationships between the sheriff’s office and citizens.
– Last week’s SE Thurston Fire & EMS Commissioners Meeting was very robust in discussing challenges and opportunities in an excellent give-and-take with the public & personnel in the audience. Won’t you consider visiting the Mill Rd. Fire & EMS station on Thursday, January 19 from 3-5pm for their Open House and recognition of retiring Chief Rita Hutcheson and Commissioner Kathleen Devin?
Click here for the flier.

3. Get educated and consider voting YES for Yelm Community Schools (YCS)
A February 14, 2012 Replacement Levy is vital for Yelm Community Schools just to maintain current programs. If this Levy fails, YCS will be forced to make severe cuts “into the bone” of the programs that support this region’s children, which would be a travesty.
Join Yelm Community Schools Superintendent Andy Wolf for his last community conversation to learn more about our schools and the levy. Everyone is welcome!
January 18, 2012 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Lackamas Elementary School, 16240 Bald Hill Rd SE.
Learn more

4. Buy your vehicle car tabs locally from Yelm Community Services

This past holiday season, Yelm Community Services Director Cindy Marchand-Cecil and her team received a major increase in requests for holiday meals over 2010. The demands for our neighbors needing help in these challenging economic times has added weight on the shoulders of Yelm Community Services.
Marchand-Cecil said Yelm Community Services would have all expanses covered if every vehicle owner in the area just renewed their annual tabs at Yelm Community Services. Ask what you can do to help!
Learn more

5. Attend City Council Meetings, listen and voice your concerns
Don’t just sit home and do nothing. Attend or watch live online City Council Meetings. With 2 new Council members taking long-occupied chairs, now is the time to step-up to have YOUR voice heard in a city Hall that has far too long stifled citizen dissent. 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of a month, 6 PM, Public Safety Building.
Citizens’ silence on a whole host of issues including another round of utility rate increases this year means the city can run roughshod over citizens with their own agendas. Indeed, even the WA. Supreme Court ruled recently the City of Yelm must consider the public’s interests and follow state law.
Read more on the Upcoming City Council Agendas.

DOESN’T MAINTAINING OUR AREA’S ASSETS REQUIRE, EVEN DEMAND YOUR PARTICIPATION?
TELL THESE FINE ORGANIZATIONS YOU READ ABOUT THEM ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG!

Posted by Steve on January 11, 2012 at 5:35 am | Permalink

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