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Winthrop: November 30, 2016

Winthrop: November 30, 2016

By Ashley Lodato I hope everyone had a good holiday celebrating the kinship established in New England between the native residents of North America and struggling European refugees in the 17th century. In the spirit of promoting gratitude during this holiday season, I will dedicate this week’s shout-out to the Canadian visitor who dropped in...
Winthrop: November 23, 2016

Winthrop: November 23, 2016

By Ashley Lodato Last Friday I joined some other parents in helping the Pacific Science Center’s touring educational staff set up exhibits at the elementary school. Out of the Science on Wheels van came ordinary tubs and boxes full of extraordinary items that perfectly straddled the grey line between the magic and the science of...
Winthrop: November 16, 2016

Winthrop: November 16, 2016

By Ashley Lodato Gratitude this week goes to the Spinners and Weavers Guild, who — despite (or perhaps in response to) the abundance of low-quality fabrics made cheaply by children in China and Bangladesh — continue to spin color and texture into functional art, bringing their beauty into our lives. The Spinners and Weavers Guild is having its annual...
Winthrop: November 9, 2016

Winthrop: November 9, 2016

By Ashley Lodato  This week’s shout-out of gratitude goes to 14-year-old Travis Grialou, who recently completed his annual campaign for Little Star Montessori School’s scholarship fund. In his fourth year of running to earn funds for the project begun by Taylor Woodruff, Travis covered more than 200 miles resulting in $3,045 in pledges from Little...
Winthrop: November 2, 2016

Winthrop: November 2, 2016

By Ashley Lodato The season of gratitude and giving kicked off nicely this weekend with a small but appreciated gesture from fourth-grader Sam Patterson. A customer called Sam’s mom’s store, Glover Street Market, inquiring about buying pumpkins. The store didn’t have any, and the customer hung up. But a few minutes later the customer got...
Winthrop: October 26, 2016

Winthrop: October 26, 2016

By Ashley Lodato Just over a year ago, valley resident and quilter Meghan Rudholm started planning a quilting retreat and show at Sun Mountain Lodge. Meghan has worked for Sun Mountain since 2000, and over the years has helped host several quilting groups who hold retreats at the lodge. Last year she realized that the...
Winthrop: October 12, 2016

Winthrop: October 12, 2016

By Ashley Lodato Saturday’s rain eased for a while during the dedication of Winthrop’s new Confluence Park at the former site of the Arrowleaf Bistro, as residents and visitors strolled about while enjoying refreshments and Dixieland jazz. The cake was delicious, the coffee warmed cold hands, and the band’s music put a swing in your...
Winthrop: October 5, 2016

Winthrop: October 5, 2016

By Ashley Lodato Any visitor to the Eagle gym area of Methow Valley Elementary School is sure to notice the tapestry of painted Celtic knots adorning the walls outside the gym. Celtic knots are complete loops without any beginning or end and began to emerge in Celtic artwork in Ireland around 450 AD. The knots...
Winthrop: September 28, 2016

Winthrop: September 28, 2016

By Ashley Lodato If the school hallways felt a little empty last week, it’s because so many students were enjoying the alfresco classroom: the great outdoors. Independent Learning Center students, seventh-graders and ninth-graders all spent a day, or two, or three (respectively) at the Northwest Outward Bound School in Mazama, rock climbing, rappelling, hiking and...
Winthrop: September 21, 2016

Winthrop: September 21, 2016

By Ashley Lodato The hazards of country living are not numerous, but they are certainly unpredictable. Would you ever think a deer would jump through your second-story bedroom window, for example? No, of course you wouldn’t, and neither did Twin Lakes-area resident Josh Cole when he heard a loud crash above him. He ran upstairs...