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Winthrop: March 12, 2014

Winthrop: March 12, 2014

By Ashley Lodato The magic of seeing a flotilla of balloons up in the air never wears off. Even though I always know when the Balloon Roundup is happening, I’m still delighted and somewhat surprised to see the sky filled with the colorful inflatables. Rain prevented Saturday night’s downtown balloon glow from taking place, but...
Winthrop: March 5, 2014

Winthrop: March 5, 2014

By Ashley Lodato With two consecutive years of state championships as well as four first-place medals under their belts and only three seniors leaving the team for next year, you’d think that the Liberty Bell High School varsity wrestling team lacks nothing. To be sure, its wrestlers have temporarily rendered their hair the color of...
Winthrop: Feb. 26, 2014

Winthrop: Feb. 26, 2014

By Ashley Lodato I’m sorry Erik Brooks, but I heard a good story about you this weekend (from your wife, who authorized me to share!) and I know that anyone who is familiar with your work as a children’s book author—i.e., someone who engages in methodical examinations of words—will find it amusing. Back on Keeley...
Winthrop: Feb. 19, 2014

Winthrop: Feb. 19, 2014

By Ashley Lodato It’s not just Larry Goldie and Matt Walker who are famous this week for mountaineering ventures. Scott Johnston is fresh off an eight-day book tour to Boulder and Denver, Colo., Boston and New York, promoting his newly-released Training for the New Alpinism, which he co-wrote with mountaineer and former valley resident Steve...
Winthrop: Feb. 12, 2014

Winthrop: Feb. 12, 2014

By Ashley Lodato So, there I was, in my hand a copy of The Week, and I was reading “The Last Word” piece at the end, and it was about a new age wilderness guide service taking clients up Mount Baker to “reclaim their masculinity through adventure.” Suddenly in the midst of all the metaphysical...
Winthrop: Feb. 5, 2014

Winthrop: Feb. 5, 2014

By Ashley Lodato Winthrop. First of all, let it be duly noted that last week Laurel Canan formally registered a complaint against my plan to attend only the halftime portion of our neighborhood Super Bowl party, claiming it would jinx the game for the Seahawks. So, how’d that jinxy cursey stuff work out for ya?...
Winthrop: Jan. 29, 2014

Winthrop: Jan. 29, 2014

By Ashley Lodato It’s a good week to be an elementary school kid if you like books and reading. The last week of Reading in the Family Month will be recognized with the annual Book Fair, which gives students access to reasonably priced books for purchase at the public school all week, culminating in a...
Winthrop: Jan. 22, 2014

Winthrop: Jan. 22, 2014

By Ashley Lodato Rain or shine, snow or dirt, the Methow Valley Ski for Women (MVSW) is taking place on Feb. 2 at the Winthrop Town Trailhead. I chatted with MVSW co-organizer Roxie Miller about the event recently and she says that the best part of the event for her is seeing women developing and...
Winthrop: Jan. 15, 2014

Winthrop: Jan. 15, 2014

By Ashley Lodato January is Reading in the Family Month and the public elementary school is acknowledging this theme in a variety of ways, including continuing the “Drop Everything and Read” (DEAR) Thursdays, where all students and teachers simultaneously stop what they’re doing and read silently for 15 minutes. Walking through the halls while DEAR...
Winthrop: Jan. 8, 2014

Winthrop: Jan. 8, 2014

By Ashley Lodato Talk around the dinner table the other night turned to the concept of “pay it forward” and I thought I’d share one of the best stories I’ve heard recently that fits that particular theme. John and Lyn Roth took their daughter, Sarah Brooks, and her childhood friend, Charlie, out to dinner at...