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Winthrop: Nov. 27, 2013

Winthrop: Nov. 27, 2013

By Ashley Lodato Congratulations to Liberty Bell High School Spanish and English teacher Adam Kaufman, who received word over the weekend that he has passed his National Board Certification, which is an advanced teaching credential awarded to applicants who have proven to advance student learning and achievement. The school-year-long application process is grueling enough, but...
Winthrop: Nov. 20, 2012

Winthrop: Nov. 20, 2012

By Ashley Lodato The bigger story on the new thing on Riverside Avenue in Winthrop is covered elsewhere in the newspaper (page A1), but there are a couple of additional interesting tidbits about the former Winthrop post office that will be the new site of Cascades Outdoor Store, scheduled to open in June 2014 by...
Winthrop: Nov. 13, 2013

Winthrop: Nov. 13, 2013

By Ashley Lodato MAINE – I’ve been in Maine for a few days, which you think would put me out of reach of Winthrop news, but I was amongst Outward Bound friends and oh, happy day – most of them know some of the handful of Outward Bound old-timers who started on the East Coast...
Winthrop: Nov. 6, 2013

Winthrop: Nov. 6, 2013

By Ashley Lodato Poetry is in the air these past few weeks. Students have been writing poetry at school, some in conjunction with visiting former Washington state poet laureate Sam Green, and a group of writers sat in on a workshop with Sam last week. Meanwhile, the current poet laureate, Kathleen Flenniken, hosted a gala...
Winthrop: Oct. 30, 2013

Winthrop: Oct. 30, 2013

By Ashley Lodato All that talk of thongs in last week’s column gives me a perfect segue into Gene Shull’s latest endeavor: a body building competition in Wenatchee. The Iron Mountain Championships is an amateur contest where participants are judged on their muscles and levels of fitness. As Gene describes it, you basically stand on...
Oct. 23, 2013

Oct. 23, 2013

By Ashley Lodato After a recent family reunion at my parents’ house, my mom was doing the laundry and discovered an unfamiliar – and very skimpy – undergarment. Using my mom’s cell phone and email, my dad sent out a photo of the item to all of the kids, with a tongue-in-cheek appeal for someone...
Winthrop: Oct. 16, 2013

Winthrop: Oct. 16, 2013

By Ashley Lodato About a dozen elementary school kids – mostly second- and fourth-grade girls – were lucky enough to attend a writing workshop with a published author at Trail’s End Bookstore on Saturday afternoon. Methow and Seattle-based award-winning writer of young-adult fiction Dia Calhoun provided the students with a framework for writing a piece...
Winthrop: Oct. 9, 2013

Winthrop: Oct. 9, 2013

By Ashley Lodato Towards the end of Gary Walker and Patty Barker’s very well-attended Pumpkin Fest on Saturday, little remained in the pumpkin patch but a few scraggly squash. The limp vines lying on the bare ground also revealed a cluster of guinea hen eggs, nestled in a circle like white river rocks in a...
Winthrop: Oct. 2, 2013

Winthrop: Oct. 2, 2013

By Ashley Lodato The Kids Concert for the Congo at the Methow Valley United Methodist Church on Sunday afternoon was very inspiring, with 15 kids ranging in age from kindergartener Emmet Bondi to high-schooler Liam Daily playing guitar, violin and piano pieces to entertain the audience. A sweet moment was enjoyed by all when Emmet,...
Winthrop: Sept. 25, 2013

Winthrop: Sept. 25, 2013

By Ashley Lodato Despite having a week that was forecast to be wettish, the annual sixth-grade campout took place under reasonably clear skies. With days spent out and about gallivanting and exploring in the North Cascades and nights snuggled in wall tents at Falls Creek up the Chewuch, the 30 or so sixth-graders had a...