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Winthrop: August 17, 2016

Winthrop: August 17, 2016

By Ashley Lodato Like many people around the valley, I’ve been thinking about the Twisp River Fire this week, and about the firefighters in Engine 642. I remember in particular one night in the spring of 2013, a couple of months after Tom Zbyszewski was the runner-up at the state Poetry Out Loud finals. I...
Winthrop: August 10, 2016

Winthrop: August 10, 2016

By Ashley Lodato A small group of friends quietly marked the end of an era at North Cascades Basecamp at a potluck on Sunday evening. The Basecamp, which was started in the early 1980s as a European-style lodge by Dick and Sue Roberts and for the past six years has been owned and operated by...
Winthrop: Aug. 3, 2016

Winthrop: Aug. 3, 2016

By Ashley Lodato It was a weekend for bittersweet endings. The Methow Valley Killer Whales swim team wrapped up what was both an unusual and a short season, celebrating with a SplashFest party at the Wagner Memorial Pool on Sunday. After losing the county championship for the first time in more than a decade (to...
Winthrop: July 27, 2016

Winthrop: July 27, 2016

By Ashley Lodato If you, like me, were lucky enough to be of movie-going age on May 25, 1977, you might have had the privilege of seeing the very first Star Wars film in the theaters. I was in second grade — a prime age for seeing Star Wars — and, as luck would have it, I had hair...
Winthrop: July 13, 2016

Winthrop: July 13, 2016

By Ashley Lodato When Mariah Clements was my kids’ babysitter and swimming coach back in the early 2000s, she frequently told me that she wanted to attend Montessori college after high school, get certified, and return to the Methow Valley to teach at Little Star Montessori School in Winthrop. That dream became a reality a...
Winthrop: July 6, 2016

Winthrop: July 6, 2016

By Ashley Lodato Many of you will remember that Randy Thordarson underwent kidney transplant surgery last December, thanks to a kidney donated by a friend and former fellow band member, Kelley Reid (get the whole story here: methowvalleynews.com/2016/01/14/the-gift-of-life-old-friends-are-newly-connected-through-fortuitous-organ-donation/). Major surgery hasn’t affected Randy’s musical ability, however. Au contraire, it has made him even more eager...
Winthrop: June 29, 2016

Winthrop: June 29, 2016

By Ashley Lodato Despite having only three practices (fewer, for some kids) under their belts, about 20 Methow Valley Killer Whales competed in the Okanogan Pentathlon on Saturday. The pentathlon is comprised of five events: freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke and an individual medley consisting of one length of each of those same four strokes. Many...
Winthrop: June 22, 2016

Winthrop: June 22, 2016

By Ashley Lodato No one (except, perhaps, those who held outdoor weddings on Saturday) should complain about the rain, but I’m going to indulge a little whining about the mid-June frost – following on the heels of a heat wave, no less ? that dashed my hopes of a bumper crop of beans, potatoes and zucchini....
Winthrop: June 15, 2016

Winthrop: June 15, 2016

By Ashley Lodato A small but dedicated crowd gathered for a candlelight vigil at Mack Lloyd Park in Winthrop on Sunday evening, in the wake of Sunday morning’s mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Although the vigil was lightly attended compared to those taking place in urban areas all over the country, it...
Winthrop: June 8, 2016

Winthrop: June 8, 2016

By Ashley Lodato Experienced whitewater boaters don’t often like to share near-miss experiences, but David Clement and Betsy Weiss believe that the educational value of their recent adventure on the Methow River outweighs any embarrassment they might feel about the predicament they found themselves in. “We have egg on our face a bit,” says David,...