Monday, September 28, 2009
The beautiful parade began at noon on Saturday, featuring our famous Royal Lady, Pat Rutledge and Royal Bavarian Kanzler, Ron Hill. They were joined by past Royalty as well as many of our city's officials; Nancy Smith, the Chamber of Commerce Director, Karl Ruether, the President of the Chamber of Commerce, our Mayor, Rob Eaton, to name a few. School bands, dance teams, military bands, and other Washington festival floats came from all over to join us in celebrating Autumn and our great Bavarian town.
Gazebo entertainment was packed all weekend long, entertaining residents and guests with great local sounds and German tunes.
Autumn Leaf Festival is a great piece of our Bavarian town's history and tradition. I hope that the festival is around for decades to come!
The Icicle Train Station opening and celebration was a huge success! Congratulations to Mayor Rob Eaton and the City of Leavenworth for making it all happen!
Over 100 people joined in the opening celebration on Friday evening, the 25th. The festivities started about 7pm, with music, snacks and beverages, and everyone was able to tour the new facilities. Chelan County Public Works worked diligently to make it so that North Road could be opened for local access to event, rather than driving all the way to Peshastin to access the station. Great job Public Works!
There were several guest speakers prior to the trains arrival, including Keith Goehner (a Chelan County Commissioner), a representative from Patty Murray's office, and Linda Evans Parlette.
Just after 8pm, the Amtrak train arrived at Icicle Station and a group of people disembarked the train, including our mayor, Rob Eaton. It was a great photo opportunity for all. The overjoyed, teary-eyed Mayor spoke to the crowd thanking all those who had contributed to the project and those who made the project possible.
Congratulations City of Leavenworth! I believe Icicle Station is a huge success and excellent addition to our amazing Bavarian town!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Last evening council meeting started off with a safety report from the Chelan County Sheriff's Office. Since the City of Leavenworth doesn't have their own Police Department, they contract with the Sheriff's Office for law enforcement needs. The Sheriff's Office will be adding extra deputies to the city during Oktober Fest this year, and they may bring the DUI trailer over from Wenatchee as well.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Go to http://www.co.chelan.wa.us/ad/ad_main.htm, click on the "Elections" tab on the right. This will open a new window and simply click on the "online voter registration" button at the top and follow the easy steps. All you should need is your Driver's License in hand when you register.
If you have any questions, just let me know. I'm more than happy to help!
Anne Hessburg for Leavenworth City Council!
Monday, September 21, 2009
I recently opened up an account for anyone interested in making a donation to my campaign. I'll be using the donations to fund a mail out and possibly some signs, if I have enough to do so. I started by donating $100 to my campaign! As always, donations to a campaign are tax deductible.
Please make your check payable to:
Committee to elect Anne Hessburg.
Donations can be mailed to:
Committee to elect Anne Hessburg
420 Cascade Street
Leavenworth, WA 98826
Thank you again for all your support!
Friday, September 18, 2009
As a new member of Life2, I attended their monthly meeting this past Wednesday. For those of you unfamiliar with this Leavenworth organization, " The mission of LIFE2 is 'to inspire, educate and mobilize the citizens of the greater Leavenworth community to take responsibility for meeting the environmental, economic and social needs of the present while improving the ability of future generations to meet their needs.' LIFE2 began when interested citizens of Leavenworth responded to an invitation to come to the Barn Beach Reserve to discuss the concept of a sustainable community at a meeting held on October 29, 2008, initiating what has become an on-going series of discussions about the future of the greater Leavenworth area."
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Last week I joined many of the Leavenworth area business owners at the Chamber of Commerce General Meeting. It was great to sit down with many of the business owners that I know, and to be able to meet many that I didn't.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Hand in hand with development and the desirability of our setting, the relative price of housing costs have increased dramatically in Leavenworth over the past 20 years. While this is largely seen as a strong sign of economic heath, we need to continue to work with organizations like SHARE to making housing affordable to the residents and employees of our community. Many tourism and recreation communities pay attention to this important issue too late, and as a result, isolate members of the community on all sides of this issue. Having worked for seasonal employers such as the Forest Service and Stevens Pass in my past, I understand the strain of finding affordable housing, and what the potential long term consequences can mean in this community. We need to find a balance between the growing market values of homes in this amazing mountain town and the growing need to keep our valuable employment base living and working in our community.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
In my position at the Chelan County Community Development office, I balance and manage issues surrounding community growth every day. I am already familiar with the current issues facing our town. Additionally, I understand that the ability to reach out and communicate the needs, concerns and desires of all Leavenworth residents, regardless of duration, economic status, or generation. This cross-community understanding is the starting point for any development project; with the support of our valuable community, Leavenworth will see sustainable development and progress for the future.