Showing our metal

Dear Editor:

The 60 tons of metal that accumulated during the sixth Methow Recycles Metal Drive is a wonder to behold! The spirit of volunteerism and collaboration that made this event successful and inspiring is as impressive.

From neighbors helping each other collect and transport metal to the 52 volunteers that unloaded metal or directed traffic, Methow Recycles wants to extend a large thank you!

Chad Patterson, owner of Cascade Concrete, is to be commended for working with Methow Recycles on this fundraiser and committing his personal and staff time for this community event. Behind the scenes business supporters include Classic Towing, Les Schwab and Dave Fisher Refrigeration. Thanks to them for towing in cars, removing tires and extracting freon from appliances.

Methow Recycles is stepping into new territory by starting a metals re-use/re-sale component to programs and we want to thank the volunteers that helped make our first step into that arena possible. Barry Stromberger donated a day-and-a-half of his time in the “pit” helping divert usable materials to trailers on loan from Rob Crandall, Joel Durgin, Michael Strauss and Jon Albright. Janie Lewis and Don Miller also gave of their valuable time to help Methow Recycles launch into the re-use world. We will have more details on this portion of our resource conservation program soon.

A special thanks to Roger Rowatt for making special trips to get other people’s metal to the site and to Jenny Molesworth for rounding up volunteers. Thanks to the Methow Valley Sport Trails Associating for the use of traffic cones and to Steve Oulman for his stellar job of making signs and setting them up.

Three hundred different vehicles arrived to deliver metal to the collection site. We appreciate all the work everyone did to participate and look forward to conducting another metal drive soon.

Gina Monteverde, Metal Drive Coordinator, Twisp

Bunkhouse not intrusive

Dear Editor:

This is my opinion concerning the Bunkhouse Inn signage (Methow Valley News, June 11): I am a resident of Winthrop and personally I feel the sign fits and blends in well and is not obtrusive.

If you look across the street and look at [the complainant’s] house, the windows are exposed, advertising a guitar and a messy inside. On the exterior there is junk scattered around, old fishing buoys and rotted ropes hanging from the trees, an orange plastic netting fence (temporary?) surrounding the side yard, and tons of junk scattered in the yard. I think the occupant should consider the eyesore he is creating and the Winthrop council should address that. And change the very old Winthrop B1 zoning law.

Mike (Kutz) and Anna (Rogers) did a fine job creating something that is fun and pleasant to look at.

Wayne Fisher, Winthrop