By Bob Spiwak
We’re buttoning up for the coming week with the forecast predicting single-digit temperatures for Tuesday and Wednesday nights — splitting firewood, clearing a trail for the snow blower. It seems premature with the sunny days we have been having along with the warm rain. According to a neighbor visiting from the coast, when they departed yesterday (Nov. 9) there were two to three inches of snow at Washington Pass. Another report this morning had it snowing on Rainy Pass yesterday. At Harts Pass, today’s reading shows a foot of snow on the ground, double the amount of a week ago.
Things were bustling at the Mazama Community Club on Saturday, as close to 50 people attended the annual meeting and potluck dinner. We could not make it, but thanks go to community club president Midge Cross who provided us with the following synopsis of what took place.
The board of directors was increased from five to 15 members and it was determined that word of meetings should be disseminated electronically as well as in the Methow Valley News. The board is now comprised of Claire Bunney, Lliam Donohue, Karan Godman, Libby Hillis, Jerry Laverty and Leslie Luther on the current roster, and new members Eric Burr, Linda Dulac, Cheryl Goerger and Louise Stevens. June Fitzpatrick is no longer on the board and will be the media manager.
(I spoke with Ms. Stevens this Monday morning, who said that one thing she wanted to work on is getting more music to the hall so that people here from the upper valley did not have to drive to Winthrop or Twisp to hear live music.)
Gay Northrup will head the World Famous Pancake Breakfast, Jay Lucas and Larry McWhirter are the ramrods for the grounds maintenance, and Jerry Laverty is in charge of putting up the storm windows as well as removing the non-functioning swamp cooler.
Things to be done include installing motion-sensitive lights on the front porch and handrails on the walkway. Libby Hillis will be in charge of the latter. Special thanks went to Bill Pope who, along with two anonymous donors and the community club, financed the burial of the overhead power lines.
Updates on several topics were given by Claire Bunney, who chairs the committee examining how to use the largesse bequeathed to the club by the late Red McComb. Currently, it will be kept by the Community Foundation and invested. Claire told us that suggestions for use of the funds from club members are most welcome.
Movie nights will continue, sponsored by Libby Hillis, Don Davidson and Jerry and Loretta Bell.
A lot of people doing a lot of good things, a lot of changes, some ongoing: changes from the days of yore when 20 people would show for the potluck and the board would meet at Bess Karro’s home and snarf down her mesmerizing cherry brownies.