I missed my opportunity to provide a heads-up about the Apple Pie Jamboree this past weekend, a decades-long community event in Pateros that raises funds to provide valuable community programs for kids. I hope, in spite of my gross negligence, that upriver people got wind of the fun happening downriver, and came on down to the mouth of the Methow River for a good cause.
I have so many questions that will have to wait until next year to get answered. First, why did Pateros decide to have an Apple Pie Jamboree when cherries and raspberries are in season? Why not Cherry Pie Jamboree, or Raspberry Jam Jamboree? I’ll file this thought away for next year, when the Apple Pie Jamboree rolls around again for the 73rd year in a row.
I have more questions.
There’s a “Secur T” golf cart rolling through Carlton. Is Secur T checking the Carlton Swimming hole for properly applied sunscreen? Inspecting flotation devices? Is the golf cart owner short an “i” and a “y”, or am I reading this all wrong and his first name is Secur, last name starts with a T, like Tidwell? S. Tidwell would be a fitting name for someone driving a golf cart around the country club in Carlton. Did I mention that Carlton had a Carlton Country Club?
Previous Carlton columnist Sue Misao often asked when Carlton would install a Ferris wheel. Was this ever taken under consideration? With the weed store moving, we need another attraction to fill the void in the Mediterranean of the Methow. Would someone kindly start a serious inquiry?
For anyone interested in purchasing the Carlton General Store, serious inquiries are encouraged to submit to this website: www.carltongeneralstore.com. The “For Sale” placards in the store windows remain blank. If the townspeople want this store to sell, we must be proactive — or get the store owner a Sharpie.
Speaking of changes to the landscape: Ever think about the role that beavers play in shaping fresh water ecosystems after a fire? The Methow Valley Interpretive Center presents this Last Sunday program, “Beavers, Water, Fish and Fire” this Sunday (July 28) from 5-6:30 p.m. Alexa Whipple, director of the Methow Beaver Project, shares the current status of busy beavers in the Methow Valley. Admission by donation.
I’d like to express my deep gratitude to the wonderful women at Valley Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Terri DeWeert, Lacey Jones and Debbie Nations. Our two old dogs had multiple health issues these last few months. The team made sure we were well informed, and our dogs had everything they needed. The Twisp Feed Store ordered extras of Loki’s favorite bully sticks so she could have two or three a day — she loved them, and it filled her time during the last stages of lymphoma. Much gratitude to our dear friend Ronda Bradeen, who checked in on our pups, and us, when our dogs needed extra care. Sometimes, it takes a village of good neighbors to stay afloat.