I can’t claim credit for this idea, but I can pass it along to other parents who were pleasantly surprised to show up at school registration expecting to write checks for kids’ sports, only to learn that the school has eliminate the “pay to play” sports fees. Parent Erin White (and — full disclosure — Booster Club officer) suggests that if you had already “mentally written” checks for those sports fees, go ahead and actually write the checks, but make them out to the Liberty Bell Booster Club instead.
The Booster Club works to support many aspects of student athletics and extracurricular life for students; our “pay to play” checks could help raise funds for one of this year’s Booster Club projects.
A raising of a different type took place at the Pine Forest entrance on Saturday, with more than two dozen residents showing up to install a new sign, which replaces the old log sign that met its demise in some sort of vehicular incident last winter.
The new sign, a bold piece of raw steel, was mounted on three log pillars by the volunteer crew, led by local carpenter Brad Sawtell. Says part-time resident Adam Fulton of the work party, “in the spirit of true community cooperation, somehow we managed to make a four-person job into a 30-person job, in the style of those who built the Egyptian pyramids.”
Eschewing the use of the wheel or any mechanical advantage that would have rendered the job easier, the crew, says Adam, “carried everything by hand and maximized inefficiency by making sure that at least twice as many people as necessary were employed in every step of the process. If a post required six people to lift it,” he says, “we used a dozen.”
Designed and constructed by part-time Pine Forest resident and architect Brendan Connolly of Mithun Architects, the main platform of the sign is fabricated to rust naturally, with lettering that will remain unrusted and highly visible against the background. The sign will be complete when some boulders are piled at the base.
Brendan designed the sign to represent more than just a geographic marker. The three posts holding the sign are a subtle memorial, showing respect for the three firefighters who died in the Twisp River Fire in 2015: Richard Wheeler, Andrew Zajac and Tommy Zbyszewski.
One helper on the volunteer crew is from Bavaria and another is from London, making the work party one of the most international events held in the valley that day. And apparently there were cookies — lots of cookies — making it one of the sweetest as well.