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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...
Winthrop: Dec. 17, 2014

Winthrop: Dec. 17, 2014

By Ashley Lodato You don’t have to have lived in Winthrop very long to know who Jean-Philippe Combe is. You know who I mean, right? The guy who rides his bicycle everywhere, year-round, rain or shine, snow or sleet, day or night — that guy. A planetary scientist at the Bear Fight Institute up the Rendezvous, Jean-Philippe...
Winthrop: Dec. 10, 2014

Winthrop: Dec. 10, 2014

By Ashley Lodato Aristides Pappidas and his work from two different artistic genres grace the valley this week. “The Last Photo Show” is a nine-photograph single assemblage show that will be exhibited in Rocking Horse Bakery’s back gallery through Dec. 31. Stepping from behind the lens and into the limelight, Aristides is also co-starring in...
Winthrop: Dec. 3, 2014

Winthrop: Dec. 3, 2014

By Ashley Lodato Gratitude endures beyond Thanksgiving with the story of Travis Grialou’s “Hero’s Lunch” at Little Star Montessori, which has become a tradition for the Little Star alum who takes on raising money for the school’s scholarship fund. Following in founder Taylor Woodruff’s shoes, Travis raised $2,750 for Little Star by collecting pledges for...
Winthrop: Nov. 26, 2014

Winthrop: Nov. 26, 2014

By Ashley Lodato Gratitude — it’s so in vogue at this time of year. Seriously, other than “holiday-blowout-sale” and “limited-time-offer,” is there any word used more around Thanksgiving than “gratitude”? Here’s the thing, though — gratitude is no seasonal trend. It’s a practice that will actually add greater meaning to your life than that new $199.50 plasma TV, which...
Winthrop: Nov. 19, 2014

Winthrop: Nov. 19, 2014

By Ashley Lodato The Feet Versus Fire event took place in a beautiful two-hour window between early morning sprinkles and an afternoon downpour, with 62 humans and an assortment of canines participating in the 5-kilometer and 10K run/walk/bike. After pronouncing themselves “valley strong,” the participants headed out along the Community Trail. Not surprisingly, Liberty Bell...