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Winthrop ice rink in final phase of local fundraising campaign for refrigeration

Winthrop ice rink in final phase of local fundraising campaign for refrigeration

By Don Nelson
The Winthrop Ice & Sports Rink (WISR) is within about $60,000 of meeting its local fundraising goal to match a state grant that will help pay for permanent refrigeration and other upgrades at the outdoor facility. Laurie Ulmer, chair of the …
Conservation awards announced at Methow Conservancy event

Conservation awards announced at Methow Conservancy event

The Methow Conservancy announced the winners of its 2014 Methow Conservation Awards Tuesday night (Dec. 9) at the organization’s annual holiday social and program. • Rob Crandall of Methow Natives is the winner of the Ken White Award, which honors people who carry on Ken White’s love for the Methow Valley. In a press release,...
Curbside glass pick-up phased out

Curbside glass pick-up phased out

By Laurelle Walsh

Glass is no longer part of WasteWise Methow’s curbside recycling program, but Methow Recycles still accepts glass and puts it to good use locally. Although the valley’s sanitation company, WasteWise …

Methow Valley United Methodist Church offers ‘Blue Christmas’ service on Dec. 21

Methow Valley United Methodist Church offers ‘Blue Christmas’ service on Dec. 21

Perhaps it sounds counterintuitive to the season, but Rev. Donald Ford at Methow Valley United Methodist Church believes there is solace and comfort to be found in what he is calling a “Blue Christmas” service at the church on Dec. 21. The church will open its doors to anyone in the community who wants to...
‘Virtual retirement village’ is new project for The Cove

‘Virtual retirement village’ is new project for The Cove

By Laurelle Walsh Methow At Home, the valley’s nascent “virtual retirement village,” is now a project of The Cove, the Twisp-based nonprofit that operates a food bank, a financial assistance program, two adult family homes and a senior assistance program in the area. The Cove will serve as Methow At Home’s fiscal sponsor. “We have...
Kiwanis awarded grant to help ILC students

Kiwanis awarded grant to help ILC students

By Don Nelson
Winthrop Kiwanis has been awarded a $20,000 grant by the Community Foundation of North Central Washington that will allow the organization to partner with the Methow Valley School District to launch a program aimed at increasing …
School snow day will be made up

School snow day will be made up

The Methow Valley School District is looking at dates to make up the snow day declared last Wednesday (Nov. 26). Methow Valley School District Superintendent Tom Venable declared the snow day on Tuesday night because of heavy snow, downed trees and sporadic power outages. Wednesday was already slated for early release, so school would have...
Community briefs: Dec. 3, 2014

Community briefs: Dec. 3, 2014

This week: Sign up for Manger Mall, Neighbors Helping Neighbors and Community Foundation grant for Manger Mall
Come together in thanks

Come together in thanks

When electricity was still not restored to the church on Wednesday night, volunteer coordinator Judy Tonseth made the decision to move meal preparations to the Methow Valley Senior Center the next morning. Tonseth and 11 other volunteers served dinner to over 100 people between noon and 4 p.m. “We were very grateful to be able...
Valley Teen Center, in its third year, looks to expand services

Valley Teen Center, in its third year, looks to expand services

By Ann McCreary

Each Friday afternoon the Valley Teen Center at TwispWorks opens its doors to local youth, offering a safe, supervised place to hang out for the evening. Now in its third year, the Teen Center serves about …