Thanks to the Twisp Chamber of Commerce, the Visitor Information Center in the downstairs hallway at the Methow Valley Community Center will be brighter once new, “old” schoolhouse lights are installed, and a grant from the Methow Valley Fund (managed by the Community Fund of North Central Washington) will pay for the draperies in the gym.

Autumn Jateff has finished sewing the stylish, heavy gold fabric into drapes, and Ken Green has hung them on the balcony windows. He will be hanging the west wall once some borrowed scaffolding is in place. Green plastic will no longer be needed to block the sun from the windows during afternoon programs. Center manager Kirsten Ostlie is selecting paint colors for the west wall as well. We should notice the completed improvements soon.

There’s no question that the Liberty Bell High School kids painted the water tower an unfortunate shade of pink, but the writer of a letter to the editor (July 10) chose the word “values” – as in lack of – to criticize the class of 2013’s choice of colors.

I was pleased to see that Tim Lewis, an outstanding member of the class of 2013, responded with his own letter to defend his class in the July 17 issue. Tim’s reasoned argument wins my support.

It’s nice to see a young person take a stand on a local issue. As Tim sees “Box 97” as a forum for himself as a new member of our adult community, LBHS and the surrounding community have evidently instilled civic responsibility in some of our children. We can live with a pink water tower until next spring.

Sharp, indigo blue T-shirts with an orange fish design are now available from Friends of the Pool president Patty Yates. Sizes small through extra-large are just $12. Call Patty at 997-2910.

Wagner Memorial Pool’s nonprofit friends group is led by Patty. Other offices are: Sarah Schrock, vice-president; Carol Schroeder, secretary; and Agnes Almquist, treasurer. Other board members are Josephine Bristol, Flora Abuan and Carol Gaston. Meetings are held on second Thursdays in the city council room at Twisp Town Hall at 4 p.m. A “thank you” party and community potluck are planned for Aug. 18, from 6-8 p.m. Contact a board member if you’d like to become involved with the Friends of the Pool.

The 25th anniversary gala at Pipestone Canyon Ranch was a fundraising success for Confluence Gallery & Art Center, and a great party for those of us who attended. If you missed the event, a film by Terry Hunt that celebrates the gallery’s anniversary is available at Featured in the 15-minute film are Richard and Cheryl Wrangle, Sybil Macapia and others whose passion and dedication built the local art Mecca.

A memorial service for Richard Sanborn was held on July 13 at the Masonic Lodge in Twisp. It began with military honors and a fly-over by a U.S. Navy bi-plane piloted by Mike Port. Richard’s widow, Anne, was presented with a folded American flag. The Masonic service followed and was led by John McDonald and the District 22 Funeral team. Family and guests then sat together to share luncheon in the hall.