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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...
Winthrop: January 14, 2015

Winthrop: January 14, 2015

By Ashley Lodato If you’re all fired up to learn more about the role wildfires play in our landscapes, consider taking the Methow Conservancy’s upcoming six-week conservation course, which will explore many angles of the short- and long-term effects of the Carlton Complex fires and ecological recovery through lectures by local and regional specialists. Some...
Winthrop: Jan. 7, 2015

Winthrop: Jan. 7, 2015

By Ashley Lodato If you were out on the ski trails in the past two weeks, or if you were at the ice rink, or if you were walking around downtown Winthrop, you might reasonably draw the conclusion, based on the number of people you witnessed doing the exact same thing as you, that people...
Winthrop: Dec. 31, 2014

Winthrop: Dec. 31, 2014

By Ashley Lodato On the brink of a new year we ask ourselves, “What lies ahead?” We look back on the past year’s milestones and accomplishments. We make resolutions both grandiose and modest. We attempt to move past difficult experiences; we try to let bygones be bygones. We gird ourselves with quiet resolve to live...
Winthrop: December 24, 2014

Winthrop: December 24, 2014

By Ashley Lodato Dear Santa: As you well know, Santa, it has been a rough year in the Methow Valley. There wasn’t much snow last winter, so although you and Rudolph, etc., were able to make it through, many of our usual visitors weren’t, resulting in many lodging reservations cancelled and restaurants operating at less...