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Mazama: July 13, 2016

Mazama: July 13, 2016

By Mandi Donohue Mazamazonians 7:5-9 tells the story of the great Fourth of July exodus of Seattleites from the fertile Methow Valley that flows with Lisa’s Chocolates and Highway 20 Honey. Those who stayed behind found favor with the Lord due to their wisdom. They arrived after most of the other interlopers had left, found peace...
Mazama: July 6, 2016

Mazama: July 6, 2016

By Mandi Donohue For bakers, holidays are not our own. Christmas and Thanksgiving festivities are drowned in extra orders, special events and longer days. This week, however, in some act of the gods (the old and the new), my day off fell on the Fourth of July. I had to do a double take at the...
Mazama: June 29, 2016

Mazama: June 29, 2016

By Mandi Donohue Live from Lost River, it’s your new Mazama War Correspondent! Please join me in welcoming myself to the Methow Valley News. I’m blushing. You’re too kind. In my first act of hard-hitting journalism, I am here to report that the rumors are true — Don actually offered me the job on my wedding day. I...
Mazama: Feb. 24, 2016

Mazama: Feb. 24, 2016

By Bob Spiwak I finally had my turn slipping on the ice, landing simultaneously on my butt and head. My first thought was about the National Football League and the concussion protocols now in use. The last thing I need is more adverse goings-on in the brain, because it is getting less useable as I...
Mazama: Feb. 17, 2016

Mazama: Feb. 17, 2016

By Bob Spiwak It is a rainy, foggy, gloomy Monday morning. What were infrequent spells of rain have become a steady flow. The parking area here is becoming puddle-ized, and here and there where it has been plowed bare earth is beginning to show. Can this be the end of winter? I don’t think so — more...
Mazama: Feb. 10, 2016

Mazama: Feb. 10, 2016

By Bob Spiwak It was nice to see Lisa Picklesimer back at the counter of the Mazama Store this week. She has been working overtime on her wonderful chocolate creation business non-stop since November. Three years ago at the store, a gingerbread house was made for the Christmas decorations. It was a model of the...
Mazama: Feb. 3, 2016

Mazama: Feb. 3, 2016

By Bob Spiwak It’s a sunny Monday and despite weather forecasts to the contrary, one gets the feeling we are over the hump. If you refer to the Off the Wall column on this page, there is a bit of chilling history that may well put that feeling to the lie. For now we can...
Mazama: Jan. 27, 2016

Mazama: Jan. 27, 2016

By Bob Spiwak The absence of this column last week was noted by several people, and I apologize to those who suffer through it regularly. It was a time of snow plowing, shoveling, bad back and little travel. Even the regular Harts Pass blurb had to be forestalled. To that end we can report that...
Mazama: Jan. 13, 2015

Mazama: Jan. 13, 2015

By Bob Spiwak It is a grim and cloudy day this Monday. We were getting spoiled over the past week and temperatures rose into the low 40s at some points. Roofs with ice and snow, some of these winter coats dating back to Thanksgiving, came sliding down at times in small hunks. This past weekend...
Mazama: Jan. 6, 2016

Mazama: Jan. 6, 2016

By Bob Spiwak It’s about 8 a.m. Monday. The snow is still falling — listless powder. It began about 12 hours ago with an angry barrage of huge fluttery flakes and unless it quit for a while during sleepy time, the fall has not let up and about 4 inches or so have accumulated. Temperature is at...