mailboxHonoring our veterans

Dear Editor:

On Veterans Day, the board of the Methow Valley Senior Center sponsored a lunch in honor of the military veterans in the valley who have served our nation.

We were absolutely thrilled with the turnout. The Senior Center was filled to capacity with veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and many places and times in between. Every branch was represented: Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard. These brave men served during times of war and peace in varied capacities.

A big thanks to our master of ceremonies, John Fleming, himself a Vietnam veteran, and the American Legion Auxiliary, who presented the colors and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer. Hank Cramer, Robbie Thran and Sue Sabin provided superb music for the enjoyment of all present.

Our humble, heartfelt thanks go to all the veterans who attended this gathering, for the sacrifices they made for you and me, and for their courage in standing up for our freedom. We owe each and every one of them our gratitude. They deserve to be honored.

Melodie Fleming, President, Methow Valley Senior Citizens Association


No connection to Loup Loup

Dear Editor:

Subsequent to an article in your paper some months ago regarding signs along Highway 20 that were non-compliant with Twisp’s ordinances or rules, I appreciated that a number of businesses either removed their signs, or adjusted them to make them compliant.

However, there is one sign that continues to remain in place, which I have confirmed with officials at Twisp Town Hall is indeed non-compliant. When I spoke with an official regarding this sign, he referred to it as “the Loup” sign and expressed frustration on not getting any response from the shop owner. My concern has less to do with the business owner who seems not to care about complying with city rules, but has much more to do with residents passing by the offending sign thinking that there may be a connection between that sign and shop, and with the Loup Loup Ski Bowl.

As a board member of the Loup Loup Ski Education Foundation (LLSEF), I want to make it clear that we have no connection or affiliation with the similarly named business in Twisp. I should also make clear that this letter is not necessarily approved by the LLSEF board, but that I am writing this as an individual who cares deeply about our reputation and hope that the offending sign does not reflect on what we are doing up on the ski hill.

The only ski shop that the Loup Loup Ski Bowl runs is up at the mountain, the support of which helps our nonprofit organization provide winter recreation to the Okanogan and Methow valleys.

Chris Stern, Wolf Creek


Welders say thanks

Dear Editor:

This is a very belated, big thanks to Mike Hicks and North Cascades Propane for his continuing support of the Liberty Bell High School welding program at TwispWorks. Mike originally supplied the weld shop with propane and plumbed it into the building, donating all his labor and materials. After an old, donated propane radiant heater died last year, he supplied the shop with a brand new radiant heater this fall. It’s great to have it in the shop. TwispWorks and my welding students appreciate his generous donation and continuing support of the program.

Barry Stromberger, welding instructor, Liberty Bell High School 


World-class dance

Dear Editor:

On Feb. 24, 2014, a Monday, at 7:30 p.m., the second string of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company will be at the Performing Arts Center in Wenatchee.

Here in the Methow Valley we have many wonderful people participating in dance at all levels and in many genres: ballet, West African, Zumba, line dancing, and more. What we don’t have is contemporary dance instruction, and because we have no venues with a sprung floor we don’t have the opportunity to see world-class companies here.

Before I went into theater I started my own performing career in dance and Alvin Ailey was one of my teachers. His dance style combines the demanding technique of Martha Graham with the color and joy of Caribbean traditional folkdance.

I will be going to Wenatchee to take in this concert and would like to know if there are others so inclined. If you are interested please let me know by phone, 997-9805, or by email, Depending on how many are interested in going we can carpool or get a van or bus.

Carolanne Steinebach, Twisp