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VALLEY LIFE
Mazama: Dec. 10, 2014

Mazama: Dec. 10, 2014

By Bob Spiwak Monday morning, and it’s like a breath of spring. Rain is falling, dense fog is about 300 feet overhead, and the temperature is 35 degrees after several days lurking above and below 40. Where are the robins? Up at Harts Pass, there was no report of snow depth yet today, but the...
Twisp: Dec. 10, 2014

Twisp: Dec. 10, 2014

By Sally Gracie Don’t forget to be a friend of the pool as you make your end-of-year charitable donations. Wagner Memorial Pool is 50 years old and showing its age. In 2015, the Friends of the Pool board wants to raise $115, 000 to reline the pool. Board member Patty Yates says that relining would...
Winthrop: Dec. 10, 2014

Winthrop: Dec. 10, 2014

By Ashley Lodato Aristides Pappidas and his work from two different artistic genres grace the valley this week. “The Last Photo Show” is a nine-photograph single assemblage show that will be exhibited in Rocking Horse Bakery’s back gallery through Dec. 31. Stepping from behind the lens and into the limelight, Aristides is also co-starring in...
Methow: Dec. 10, 2014

Methow: Dec. 10, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian I was not surprised when Rose Hughes answered the phone Friday morning. What did surprise me was where she answered the phone from, the not-so-Methow-like state of Tennessee. I had dialed, and she had answered, her Methow 923 number. There are three prefixes in the Methow Valley: 996 for Winthrop, 997...
Choruses of Christmas past

Choruses of Christmas past

By Bob Spiwak Here we are in the second week of December. We have finally been treated to temperatures in the 30s, moderate for the valley. The Christmas at the End of the Road festivities are past, and the horse-drawn wagon shuttling people from the Winthrop Barn parking lot to downtown and back put me...
Mazama: Dec. 3, 2014

Mazama: Dec. 3, 2014

By Bob Spiwak Monday morning and welcome to December. Just think, in less than three weeks the days will be getting longer. That may warm the cockles of your heart, but what about the rest of the anatomy? We checked the thermometer at 8 a.m. and had 0 degrees, up from down under somewhere. At...
Winthrop: Dec. 3, 2014

Winthrop: Dec. 3, 2014

By Ashley Lodato Gratitude endures beyond Thanksgiving with the story of Travis Grialou’s “Hero’s Lunch” at Little Star Montessori, which has become a tradition for the Little Star alum who takes on raising money for the school’s scholarship fund. Following in founder Taylor Woodruff’s shoes, Travis raised $2,750 for Little Star by collecting pledges for...
Methow: Nov. 26, 2014

Methow: Nov. 26, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian “Many people stop by here. They usually sit in the car for a while before knocking on the door and I can tell exactly what they want to talk to about,” Carolee Spaulding nodded her head and chuckled. “If they are over 80, they tell stories about going to school and...
Winthrop: Nov. 26, 2014

Winthrop: Nov. 26, 2014

By Ashley Lodato Gratitude — it’s so in vogue at this time of year. Seriously, other than “holiday-blowout-sale” and “limited-time-offer,” is there any word used more around Thanksgiving than “gratitude”? Here’s the thing, though — gratitude is no seasonal trend. It’s a practice that will actually add greater meaning to your life than that new $199.50 plasma TV, which...
Twisp: Nov. 26, 2014

Twisp: Nov. 26, 2014

By Sally Gracie Wouldn’t it be something if Rose Weagant could create a program about the 1948 flood as she did with “BURN: Stories of the Fire,” which played to a full house at The Merc Playhouse on Saturday (Nov. 22)? Ki Gottberg, artistic director of The Merc, explained that what we would see is...