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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...
Winthrop: April 11, 2018

Winthrop: April 11, 2018

By Ashley Lodato Two-time Olympian, Liberty Bell High School graduate and Methow Valley Nordic Team alumnus Sadie Bjornsen frequently tells a story from her childhood. In this formative memory, Sadie recalls seeing Methow Olympian Laura McCabe returning from the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan. “When Laura came back … the whole valley arranged a surprise...
Winthrop: March 7, 2018

Winthrop: March 7, 2018

By Ashley Lodato I attended the opening reception for the “Connecting Threads” exhibit at Confluence Gallery on Saturday evening, and was surprised and delighted to learn that a family friend from my childhood has five pieces — two dolls and three dioramas — in the exhibit. Even better, she was present at the opening, so...
Winthrop: February 28, 2018

Winthrop: February 28, 2018

By Ashley Lodato Two degrees of separation in the Methow Valley strikes again! It’s not just Carolyn Sullivan who has a direct connection to Judy Collins. Twisp resident Jim Brennan knew Judy long before Carolyn had even heard of her, and before Judy Collins became Judy Collins as we know her. Born in Seattle, Judy...
Winthrop: February 14, 2018

Winthrop: February 14, 2018

By Ashley Lodato With the newspaper being published on Valentine’s Day this year, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to tell a Methow love story. This love story begins many years ago, on a country lane 3.5 miles up the Chewuch, where my neighbor Donna Northcott Martin’s grandparents and her future husband Tom Martin’s grandparents lived....