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Winthrop column
Winthrop: August 8, 2018

Winthrop: August 8, 2018

By Ashley Lodato The Boesel family placed a memorial bench in Confluence Park in downtown Winthrop over the weekend, in memory of the two people at the roots of the 93-person Boesel family tree — Albert and Clara Boesel — as well as their children and their spouses.  Albert and Clara were from pioneer families in the Methow Valley....
Winthrop: August 1, 2018

Winthrop: August 1, 2018

By Ashley Lodato The wild places of the Methow call us all in different ways — to head for the hills, to forage for food, to paint a landscape, to listen to whispering pines or the rush of a raven’s wings. For Spanish artists Carlos España and Liliana Montoya, the Methow wildness appealed to two...
Winthrop: July 25, 2018

Winthrop: July 25, 2018

By Ashley Lodato The Winthrop Rhythm and Blues Festival had the town jamming all weekend and the residents of Jamie’s Place were rocking out in their own way as well, courtesy of Cristina Dominguez, a recent Liberty Bell High School graduate who did her senior project at this unique adult family home for elderly residents...
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: June 20, 2018

Winthrop: June 20, 2018

By Ashley Lodato A few weeks ago I was walking out of the elementary school and overheard a conversation between a dad and a daughter, who looked to be about 8 years old. They were talking about memories: past experiences, other people, different places. The girl bounced around, describing events that took place recently on...
Winthrop: June 13, 2018

Winthrop: June 13, 2018

By Ashley Lodato If you’re like me, just hearing the “Pomp and Circumstance” march makes you tear up a little (or collapse in a blubbering mess, which I anticipate happening to me when my older daughter graduates in 2022). The music was written at the turn of the 20th Century by British composer Edward Elgar...
Winthrop: June 6, 2018

Winthrop: June 6, 2018

By Ashley Lodato I’ll never forget the first time I attended the Methow Kids’ Fishing Day. It must have been 2007 or 2008, because I had a baby on my back and a toddler by my side, and the toddler (now my 13-year-old) caught a giant trout on her first cast. We were down at...