Earth Day, climate marches, ocean plastics and more.
I ask all of us to give attention to what we all need to do. Attention to energy use, to what we buy, to what we don’t buy, to the food we eat, to our means of transportation, to needed lifestyle changes, to the difference between need and want, to the balance between fun and responsible, to the awareness of what goes along with the choices we make, to the awareness of where our resources come from, everything.
We all need to step back, to keep stepping back and take a look at ourselves.
Susan Crampton, Twisp
Kudos for Aero Methow
On Saturday, April 20, physicians and nurses from Harborview Medical Center again helped present a Continuing Education program in cooperation with Aero Methow Rescue Service at their offices in Twisp. This event is designed to bring some current topics concerning pre-hospital care to the valley, and just as importantly, to learn about the challenges of providing such services in the more remote parts of the state.
In my view as the sometimes attending physician for badly injured patients transported to our Level One Trauma hospital in Seattle, we are only as good as what is delivered to us. When patients are stabilized and treated by Aero Methow first responders, they come to us perfectly cared for every time. The citizens of the valley are profoundly fortunate to have such a team available to them, because you just never know.
Support Aero Methow: They might have to save your life.
Richard Rapport, MD, Seattle
Thanks from Barn
The Winthrop Auditorium Association (The Barn) would like to thank all that participated in the Appreciation Dinner last Saturday. It was great! It was nice to see so many people come together and support such a proud venue and the history of those before us that knew that we all needed a place to gather. It was a very special evening. Thank you all for a successful event! The association will continue to move forward to improve and promote The Barn not only as an event center but also as a gathering place. Our annual meeting is May 6. We hope to see all of you members there.
There is a work party scheduled for May 18. Please attend and help us keep The Barn looking good! Anyone who is interested in becoming a member of The Barn or interested in donating labor please call 996-2117 or email email@example.com.
A very special thank you to a couple of the founders who were able to participate, Shirley Haase and Carol (John) Lester, who offered their view from the past and let us know how important it is to have community!
Thank you volunteers Michelle Conger, Bonnie Gardner, Susie Gardner, David Gottula, Dee Haase, Gloria Herron, Laurie Meyers and Kim Northcott for helping serve and clean up.
There was were several musicians who were organized by our board of directors, Celeste and Bruce. Thank you to all of them who helped us!
Thank you to the many sponsors that donated and helped make this event successful.
Rick Northcott, WAA board president, WAA Board of Directors
A shifting sense of place
I was 8 years old and living in France the first time I visited the cathedral of Notre Dame.
As a Sorbonne student and later a frequent part-time resident in Paris, I walked by it regularly. Last week, from a nearby bridge, I watched it burn.
Most of us who live in the Methow have seen the skies turn dark from smoke. I never expected to see it Paris. I was leaving my apartment on the way to a movie. The setting sun was almost fully obscured by smoke. In the middle, a tall spire was burning. I knew it must be Notre Dame, but at first I simply couldn’t believe it.
For the next 2½ hours, I stood on a bridge with thousands of other people watching the spire fall and the roof itself erupt in giant flames. We were in shock, with tears streaming down our faces. This just couldn’t be happening … except that it was. Who even knew there was so much wood to burn? I had always thought of it as solid stone.
I have been asking myself and talking with my French friends about why this event affected so many people so strongly, even non-Catholic and non-religious people. Aljazeera, a worldwide Arabic news network, called Notre Dame: “The iconic cathedral that transcends religion.” There is no single or simple answer I could come up with.
Despite wars, invasions and desecration during the French Revolution, Notre Dame has been a magnificent centerpiece of Paris for over 800 years. Its burning suddenly undermined the sense of place and stability it provided to so many generations. I think many of us here felt a similar shift during the Carlton Complex Fire and following years of fires threatening the Methow Valley. Nothing was safe or sacred any more.
Randy Brook, Twisp