Three locals receive sustainability awards
Valley residents Bob Elk, Maggie Coon and Abel Curtis are recipients of the 2013 “Keepers of the Place Award” from the Glorieta School for a Sustainable Society, a nonprofit educational organization that supports sustainability in the Columbia River bioregion.
The award, bestowed since 1998, recognizes individuals and groups that expand the possibilities of sustainability and balance in the Methow Valley, according to a press release.
Elk was cited for his “many years of agricultural contributions and his volunteer community service.” He is one of the founders of the Methow Valley Farmers Market in Twisp, and is president of the Methow Valley Community Center board of directors.
Coon was a co-founder of the Methow Valley Citizens Council in the 1970s, was involved in establishing the Lake Chelan/Sawtooth Wilderness Area, and worked for the Nature Conservancy to help support projects in the Methow.
At age 9, Curtis organized a petition encouraging the Okanogan County commissioners to include the lower Methow Valley in the Methow Review District zoning, and gathered more than 170 supporting signatures. In 2011 he testified at a commission hearing about the importance of protecting farmland and natural areas in the Methow Valley.
The awards will be presented April 21 during a potluck dinner at the Twisp Valley Grange, beginning at 4:30 p.m.
At the Community Center
• Bob Hoffman donated six scenic flights over the valley, which we offered at the six Oliver! evenings. Proceeds go to the Community Center.
• Ken Greene is our newly hired maintenance person. He has lost no time in rolling up his sleeves and getting at the job!
• The remaining gym windows will be installed April 16, 17 and 18. If you want to help, give us a call at 997-2926.
• Twisp Chamber of Commerce members are bringing in brochures or rack cards for the Visitor Information Center, which we help promote. If you have some that need to be here, we accept them Monday through Friday.
• “Armchair Travels” is held in one of our cozy basement meeting rooms once a month. Tom Forker will be showing his slides of the Boundary Trail, Iron Gate of the Cathedrals, on April 25.
Fundraiser at Little Star
Little Star Montessori School’s biennial fundraising auction is scheduled for May 18, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Winthrop Barn. The theme is “Disco Fever,” and disco garb is encouraged. The event includes a catered dinner by Cameron Green, silent and live auctions and disco dancing with DJ Travis. Cost is $35. Reservations can be made for tables of eight or 10. For information and reservations, call 996-2801.
Help Room One clean up
Room One is looking for volunteers of all ages to work with its staff on spring cleaning chores at the social services agency’s office in Twisp.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Work will include painting, weatherizing, and building repairs. Students can get community service hours.
Room One is at 315 S. Lincoln St. To sign up for spring cleaning, call 997-2050 or email