By Sarah Schrock

May is National Bike Month. To celebrate two-wheeled transit, the annual Bike Rodeo at TwispWorks took place on Saturday. Thankfully, the rain lifted just in time for 25 eager riders to partake.

The Bike Rodeo brings together a multitude of sponsoring partners including Aero Methow Rescue Service, Methow Trails, Methow Cycle and Sport, Hank’s Harvest Foods, Winthrop Kiwanis, and the Liberty Bell Key Club to teach bicycle safety.

Through seven skills stations and a guided safety ride with public safety officials, kids learn to be more alert and visible on their bikes. Safety rides teach kids proper hand signals, how to navigate around parked cars, read back-up lights, and safe travel at intersections and alleys. The kids receive a certificate of completion which includes a voucher for a free ice cream cone at Hank’s. The next free Bike Rodeo will be June 11 at Pearrygin Lake State Park.

There’s interest afoot in starting a community bicycle hub at TwispWorks. The idea, still in its inception, is seeking interested and enthusiastic brains to bring it together.

Some ideas that the hub could include are reviving the Criterium race in Twisp, fixing up donated bikes for kids, hosting community rides, creating maps, improving signage, teaching simple skills, providing access to tools, or organizing other bicycle-related events. If you are interested in what a community bike hub might be, contact Susan Ernsdorff at susanernsdorff@gmail.com.

A farewell to two of the valley’s most reliable rescue heroes, Vikki and Ottis Buzzard, took place on May 16 at Megan Sullivan’s house. Ottis and Vikki, both prominent fixtures among the valley’s rescue personnel, are making a new home of Wasilla, Alaska, where Ottis will work for the police department and Vikki hopes to become a flight paramedic.

Though their years of experience and training will be missed, local rescue agencies are in good hands thanks to the Buzzards’ contribution of bringing rigorous training and creating a legacy of competent rescue professionals for backcountry, high-angle, swift-water and emergency rescue to the Methow.

A rainy weekend filled The Merc Playhouse for The Women of Troy, an ancient Greek drama performed by Seattle University students. After the high school drama students kicked off their heels to Footloose the previous week, the success and energy around the show ignited deeper curiosity in theater arts, and many of the show’s stars came out to see The Women of Troy.

The SU performance gave local students aged 18 or under a free chance to witness a college theater production. Despite the setbacks to the high school class’s original production that was rejected by school administration because of adult content, Footloose reinvigorated the drama department at Liberty Bell, which will likely offer the class again next school year.

Lori Rodeo from the Twisp Public Works Department was not very pleased to show up at work this Monday to find graffiti painted on the Wagner Memorial Pool and pump house walls at the park. Though harmless in terms of the messages left on the walls, the mere act of graffiti at the park bodes disrespect for public works.

Cleanup of spray paint on concrete is difficult and time-consuming, taking resources away from more important needs — like the remodel of the pool itself which should break ground Tuesday (May 31). Thanks to Friends of the Pool and Kiwanis, volunteer demolition of the existing liner saved the remodel fund $5,000. If you have any information regarding who might have been behind the graffiti vandalism, please contact the Twisp Police Department.

This small act of rebellion begs the question of whether a place for public graffiti is acceptable in Twisp, and whether restricting high-schoolers from painting the water tower will lead to more random displays of adolescent rebellion. A permission wall where hooligans, artists and activists can make their mark might be fitting in a community that celebrates our artistic talents. Though not proven to reduce graffiti in large urban areas, a permission wall in Twisp would likely bring something to talk about, so I am all for it.

PREVIOUSLY, IN TWISP

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