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Winthrop: July 18, 2018

Winthrop: July 18, 2018

By Ashley Lodato For me, one of the most heartening collaborations in Okanogan County is the annual regional swim team partnership for the Toppenish swim meet, at which young swimmers from Brewster, the Methow Valley, Okanogan and Omak join forces to form the Okanogan County Summer Swim league team.  Throughout the regular swim team season...
Winthrop: July 11, 2018

Winthrop: July 11, 2018

By Ashley Lodato It finally felt like the first week of summer: hikers headed into high mountain lakes, people in tubes and rafts floating down the river, the temperatures high enough that we were reminded of what the real heat ahead might feel like. I spent part of Sunday with other community members canvassing for...
Winthrop: July 4, 2018

Winthrop: July 4, 2018

By Ashley Lodato I had noble intentions of writing something relevant and meaningful about Independence Day for this week’s newspaper, but with three swim meets and my day job of organizing volunteers and booth materials for the Arts Fest event at the Twisp Town Park on the Fourth, I haven’t had a lot of independence...
Winthrop: June 27, 2018

Winthrop: June 27, 2018

By Ashley Lodato About 40 mountain bikers turned out for the 2018 Methow Singletrack Celebration at the Sun Mountain trails on Saturday. Riders were shuttled by vehicle from Chickadee Trailhead to the top of Thompson Pass and had the opportunity to sample some of Sun Mountain’s best trails, says Josh Gewirtz, president of the Methow...
Winthrop: May 30, 2018

Winthrop: May 30, 2018

By Ashley Lodato On Saturday (June 2) from 1 – 4 p.m. at Rockchuck Ranch (formerly Tice Ranch), the Public School Funding Alliance will be showcasing the programs it supports in the Methow Valley School District. Free and open to the public, the event is not a fundraiser — it’s a chance to learn more...
Winthrop: May 23, 2018

Winthrop: May 23, 2018

By Ashley Lodato I have unearthed my first not-so-skeletal skeleton in someone else’s closet. As you may recall, I am interested in sharing others’ stories of past honors and titles, especially the obscure ones. In light of that, I present you with this — Hana Baker and Tyler Slostad’s 2003 first place award for Denver’s...
Winthrop: May 16, 2018

Winthrop: May 16, 2018

By Ashley Lodato When you’re as scrupulous an investigative reporter as I am and new information in a recent story is unearthed, divulging this information is ethically mandatory. Such is the case regarding my reporting on various Sunflower Run-related apparel snafus. Last week I mentioned that by borrowing Brooke Lucy’s running shoes, Jill Sheley had...
Winthrop: May 9, 2018

Winthrop: May 9, 2018

By Ashley Lodato I know you’ve all been worried about the stowaway chickens, so first let me reassure you that they are healthy and happy to be home. The ride back to the Methow in a cardboard box was less enjoyable than when they had the run of an entire cargo trailer, and — as...
Winthrop: April 25, 2018

Winthrop: April 25, 2018

By Ashley Lodato It’s hard to sneak up on anyone with a full marimba band. But that’s what local marimba teacher Barb Hoffman did for her mother, Maggie Hampton, on Maggie’s 90th birthday on April 18. Keeping optimistic eyes on the weather, Barb and her fellow musicians contrived to set up five soprano and tenor...
Winthrop: April 18, 2018

Winthrop: April 18, 2018

By Ashley Lodato When ninth-grader Keeley Brooks was 8 years old, she began listening to a recording of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor played by violinist Hilary Hahn and became quite familiar with and fond of it. So about 18 months ago when Keeley’s violin teacher asked her “What piece would you like to play before...