Grateful to community

Dear Editor

Nearly two years after the devastating Carlton Complex Fire, we can all celebrate the rebuilding of our neighbors’ lives, the continual recovery of our infrastructure, and a more-prepared, resilient community. Room One is proud to be a part of the countywide recovery effort and to have helped meet the needs of survivors across our region. As we approach the two-year anniversary of the fires, Room One’s Disaster Case Management program will come to a close on June 30. The Okanogan County Long Term Recovery Group will continue to provide limited case management for Carlton Complex survivors and ongoing case management for 2015 fire survivors.

The generosity and partnership of our community, near and far, made our collective recovery accomplishments possible. For the first year of recovery, Okanogan County Community Action Council administered case management services for Carlton Complex survivors. In June of 2015 the program was transferred to Room One, the Methow Valley’s home for social and health services. Over the past year, Room One’s Disaster Case Managers have supported over 250 individuals and families in meeting a diversity of recovery needs, including rebuilding homes, replacing lost tools, digging wells, erecting fence, distributing donated goods, and connecting to social and health services. It total, two years of Disaster Case Management connected over 600 individuals and families with critical resources and support.

We are so grateful to be in a community that cares deeply about the health and well-being of each of our neighbors. Together, we have built a stronger, more-resilient Okanogan County.

If individuals still have fire-related unmet needs they are encouraged to contact Room One at 997-2050.

Room One Staff and board of directors

Disservice to market

Dear Editor:

I am writing in response to Randy Brook’s letter (June 15) regarding the Methow Valley Farmers Market. I feel that his letter was both hard-hearted and uninformed. Two years of fires has taken its toll on the market. Some of our vendors, not to mention our customers, lost their homes. The market is recovering along with the rest of the valley and its economy.

I am currently serving my third (non-consecutive) term as a member of the board of directors for the market. I have no idea what Mr. Brook means when he writes of increasing rules and restrictions. I encourage him to download the market handbook from our website,, and read it for himself. I would be happy to talk to him about it.

As for variety in vendors: The Merc, massage therapists, benefit raffles — all are welcome! They need only apply. Market applications are also available on our website.

Mr. Brook does the market a disservice with his denigrating letter. The Methow Valley Farmers market is a treasure for our community. Celebrate it and enjoy it!

Laura Aspenwall, Winthrop

Unfortunate policy

Dear Editor:

Four summers ago, my husband, Aristides, and I went to the Methow Valley Farmers Market to set up The Merc Playhouse’s table to promote The Music Man and schmooze, as we and many other volunteers had done for many years. We were told that a decision had been made to put the “nonprofits” in the back, around the corner of the western side of the parking lot. It was not a fun day for us, as we watched many visitors turn at 50 feet from our table and drift back to the main market.

I don’t know if the market board has changed this unfortunate policy, because I have not been back to the market since that day. I agree with Randy Brook (June 15). I miss the old days.

Jane Pappidas, Winthrop