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Winthrop: March 25, 2015

Winthrop: March 25, 2015

By Ashley Lodato The other day I chatted with Frankie Waller and she reminded me of a couple of events coming up at the Winthrop Barn in the next few weeks: the membership meeting on Monday (March 30) and the ladies’ tea party and fashion show on April 11. The fashion show will feature local...
Winthrop: March 18, 2015

Winthrop: March 18, 2015

By Ashley Lodato No sooner does the snow melt than the sneakers come out of the closet, as evidenced by the official beginning of Cascades Outdoor Store’s second annual Lewis Butte Hill-Climb series. The format, which follows the model received with great enthusiasm and much panting last year, is non-competitive. You show up at the...
Winthrop: March 11, 2015

Winthrop: March 11, 2015

By Ashley Lodato For those of you seeking to enter the e-book world, a great way to do it is through the regional library system, which offers free e-book trainings that teach people how to load free library books onto their devices. ( Did I mention that it’s all free?) The Winthrop library’s training will...
Winthrop: March 4, 2015

Winthrop: March 4, 2015

By Ashley Lodato You know you live in a small town when you’re skiing with your doctor, you look up in the sky at the sound of a plane and recognize your dentist, who sees you waving wildly and tips his wings in response. That’s what the whole weekend was like if you were skiing...
Winthrop: Feb. 25, 2015

Winthrop: Feb. 25, 2015

By Ashley Lodato Part-time Pine Forest resident (and daughter of valley residents Kurt and Susan Snover) Amy Snover recently returned from a trip to the White House, where she was one of eight people being nationally recognized as a “Champion of Change for Climate Education and Literacy.” The White House’s “Champions of Change” program is...
Winthrop: Feb. 18, 2015

Winthrop: Feb. 18, 2015

By Ashley Lodato A stylishly dressed young local woman recently overheard the following from a visitor who was perusing the racks in the French Quail in downtown Winthrop: “I can’t imagine where people who live here would wear this kind of clothing.” Where indeed?! It may be true that much of the time we’re wearing...
Winthrop: Feb. 11, 2015

Winthrop: Feb. 11, 2015

By Ashley Lodato Many thanks to all of you who, after reading last week’s column, have come forth with just the sort of interesting non-news that a gossip columnist can spin into a sound bite (or a write bite?). For example, Lynette Westendorf’s mom just turned 90. Entering your tenth decade? That’s big news in...
Winthrop: February 4, 2015

Winthrop: February 4, 2015

By Ashley Lodato This column is adapted from a presentation at the Methow Valley News 113th birthday variety show last weekend. The best stories, of course, are the ones I’ve been asked not to publish. When I began writing the Winthrop column, which I freely refer to as “the Winthrop gossip column,” in the fall...
Winthrop: January 28, 2015

Winthrop: January 28, 2015

By Ashley Lodato The post-race Pursuit Dinner at the Winthrop Barn last weekend gave skiers and spectators a chance to relax and enjoy a salmon dinner cooked by Methow Valley Nordic Team parents as well as to hear some of the older team members show videos of their recent Junior National qualifier races. Several attendees...
Winthrop: January 21, 2015

Winthrop: January 21, 2015

By Ashley Lodato The other night I was at the four-way stop in Winthrop behind a car with a rear license plate spelling out “GA-ME 1978,” which I imagine indicates that the owner of the car hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine in 1978 (and, incidentally, would have been one of about only...