Photo by Patty Yates Volunteers chipped out the old lining at the Wagner Memorial Pool in Twisp.

Photo by Patty Yates

Volunteers chipped out the old lining at the Wagner Memorial Pool in Twisp.

By Ashley Lodato

Thirty-seven pounds of Black Forest ham, 65 dozen eggs and 14 watermelons disappeared from the Mazama Community Club last Saturday morning. No, this was not a robbery  뾦t was the annual World Famous Pancake Breakfast, Fun Run and Flea Market at the Mazama Community Club.

The event had a record turnout this year, with 230 runners of all ages participating in 5-kilometer and 10K runs as well as a 1K kiddie fun run. There was also record pancake consumption with 1,380 pancakes going down the hatches of 460 racers, volunteers, and those who decided to forego the race in order to focus all their energy on the breakfast.

Profits from the run will benefit the Methow Headwaters Campaign, while proceeds from the pancake breakfast will be used to make improvements to and buy supplies for the Mazama Community Club. Thanks to Evergreen IGA for donating all the food.

With everyone getting in the mood for summer activities like running, biking, and hiking, we need to make sure that swimming remains a viable option for swimmers in our community. Sure, we have the rivers and the lakes, but nothing facilitates swimming skills better than a widely accessible community pool, like Wagner Memorial Pool in Twisp.

The pool, which was constructed in 1966, was built through donations from community members who believed that all valley children should learn how to swim. Now 50 years old, the pool is in dire need of repair.

Our local Kiwanis group spent a day chipping out the old pool liner in preparation for the new one, and got two days’ worth of scheduled work parties accomplished in one day. (This shouldn’t surprise any of us in the least  뾦t’s Kiwanis we’re talking about.) So the pool is all ready to get refurbished, but $25,000 more is needed if we want that pool open for the summer. Donations to the cause both large and small have resulted in $100,000, so we’re in the home stretch.

Think of a summer without the Wagner pool. No lap swim, no swim lessons, no water aerobics, no free swim, no swim team. No longer just there for the kids, the pool is an important piece of the health, fitness, and well-being of many valley residents of all ages.

Twisp Friends of the Pool has long spearheaded the effort to keep the pool afloat and they are behind this most recent fundraising campaign. You can donate by mailing a check to Twisp Friends of the Pool, P.O. Box 438, Twisp WA 98856.

Photo by Don Nelson The volunteer crew at Mazama’s World Famous Pancake Breakfast went through bags of batter to make 1,380 pancakes, which accompanied ham, eggs and watermelon.

Photo by Don Nelson

The volunteer crew at Mazama’s World Famous Pancake Breakfast went through bags of batter to make 1,380 pancakes, which accompanied ham, eggs and watermelon.

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