MVSeniorCenterBy Susie Heller

What a time we have all had in the valley! Who would have guessed so much could happen so quickly to infuse our lives with such horror and change. Our hearts and prayers go out to those who lost homes, buildings, animals and crops. These are things that most of us have not experienced, nor can we fully feel the pain. We at the senior center are offering clothing and housewares, free of charge, to any and all fire victims, and will continue to do so into the fall as people begin to rebuild their lives.

We are open Monday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and possibly on Saturday. If you need things and cannot make our hours, you may contact me 996-2064. We’ll meet you at the center when your schedule is better. Right now we have been inundated with clothing items and fervently wish to find homes for all this bounty. Do not feel shy taking things, as this is the way of our valley to help others when any need arises. I am not sure when we will resume offering lunch meals. Do take advantage of the mobile Red Cross meals served from the Emergency Response Vehicle at the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp and in Carlton, Methow and points south.

The firefighters and lineman have worked so hard in difficult and dangerous conditions and to them we shout a loud “thank you.” I have seen many instances of neighbors helping neighbors to the point of exhaustion. We live in a valley where there is strength of character and community spirit. We will rebuild. We will overcome because that is the mentality of this valley. We are strong and refuse to give up nor buckle under in defeat.  Guess you could stay we are a stubborn lot!

If you have experience in certain fields of need to those hit hard, call and volunteer your time. If you give to the Red Cross be sure to designate your funds to “the Methow Valley Fires in Washington state.”  Churches, the Community Center and The Cove can field questions you may have. We will try to connect you also.

Keep a stiff upper lip (whatever that means). I look forward to all the ingenuity and strength demonstrated by you all in the coming weeks.

Senior menu

NOTE: Call the senior center at 997-7722 to learn if the scheduled meals are being served.

Thursday, July 31: Beef roast, potatoes and gravy, green beans, green salad, mixed melon, whole wheat roll, Jell-O cake.

Friday, Aug. 1: Pork roast, mashed potatoes, pickled beets, tossed salad, melons, cheesy garlic biscuits, frosted cake.

Monday, Aug. 4: Chicken burger, sweet potato fries, lettuce and tomato, vegetable pasta salad, pears, pudding.

Thursday, Aug. 7: Spinach and Swiss quiche, pea salad, Caesar salad, Waldorf salad, blueberry muffin, sherbet.

Friday, Aug. 8: Baked cod, mashed red potatoes, mixed vegetables, coleslaw, fruit salad, cheesy garlic biscuits, mixed berries over ice cream.

Meals are at noon in the Methow Valley Senior Center on Highway 20 in Twisp. The suggested donation is $3.25 for seniors over age 60; cost is $8 for those under 60. For more information, call 997-