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Winthrop column
Winthrop: February 22, 2017

Winthrop: February 22, 2017

By Ashley Lodato I accompanied the Methow Valley Nordic Team up to Canada for the weekend, for races near Kamloops, B.C. The 36 of us light-skinned skiers and parents breezed through the border crossings on each end of the trip, with warm welcomes from both countries as we entered. Some of us idly (and rhetorically)...
Winthrop: February 15, 2017

Winthrop: February 15, 2017

By Ashley Lodato Many of us voice idle aspirations, but the father-son team of Jerry and Dylan Oliver recently made good on at least one impulse ambition. Nine years ago, Jerry summited Mount Rainier, and the experience stuck with him. Still, it wasn’t until a day trip snowshoeing up Goat Peak in the spring about...
Winthrop: February 9, 2017

Winthrop: February 9, 2017

By Ashley Lodato It’s always nice to be reminded of the good things happening around us. Linda Mendro tells me that two of her young pals recently raised $600 to benefit the Peniel House, the orphanage and school that Linda and Wayne are involved with in Lubumbashi, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Fifth-graders Ila...
Winthrop: February 1, 2017

Winthrop: February 1, 2017

By Ashley Lodato When the kids were little and prone to throwing hissy fits about small indignities, we used to tell them “you get what you get and you don’t get upset” (or, alternately, depending on our mood –“you git what you git and you don’t throw a fit”). Now I’m second-guessing this advice to...
Winthrop: January 25, 2017

Winthrop: January 25, 2017

By Ashley Lodato Big city moms do this all the time, I’m sure, but it was a first for me. On Saturday at the march in Twisp, I looked around at the size of the crowd (estimates vary from 600 to 800 marchers — “I counted until 600 and then gave up,” says Joe Marver, tallying marchers...
Winthrop: January 18, 2017

Winthrop: January 18, 2017

By Ashley Lodato On one of those many, many (but who’s counting?) -14 degrees Fahrenheit days recently I overheard two men in the post office, where everyone in the hallway was, of course, commenting on the weather. One of the men had been up in Alaska, and mentioned that when you’ve been at -40, suddenly...
Winthrop: January 11, 2017

Winthrop: January 11, 2017

By Ashley Lodato The other day I was reading the editorial in the Methow Valley News — titled “Headlines we’d like to see in 2017” (think “Another Methow Valley summer without wildfires” and “All leaks repaired and paid for at Wagner Memorial Pool”) — and a snarky retort popped into my head. “If you’d like to see those headlines,”...
Winthrop: January 4, 2017

Winthrop: January 4, 2017

By Ashley Lodato Those Rohrers sure know how to ring out the old year Methow-style! Eight runners participated in the seventh annual No Shoes No Shirt Badass Wolverine Beer Run (NSNSBWBR): Remington, John and Kelly Rohrer, Marc LeDuc (on a quick break from his job at the Mazama Store), Matty Coleman, Lindsay Welfelt, Taylor Woodruff...
Winthrop: December 28, 2016

Winthrop: December 28, 2016

By Ashley Lodato Despite dark nights, news and events, the past week has been one filled with light. First, the slow but steady increase in daylight hours with the winter solstice, always eagerly anticipated by those of us in northern latitudes. A large group of Little Star Montessori School alumni and parents occupied all five...
Winthrop: December 21, 2016

Winthrop: December 21, 2016

By Ashley Lodato “Not dead yet” was such a popular theme last week that I am continuing it for at least one more round. And leave it to Jill Calvert to have her own show-stopping “not dead yet” story. As you read my account, just imagine Jill’s gestures and facial expressions adding to the storytelling...