What an amazing community we live in! In the midst of fire, smoke, evacuations, fear, anxiety and much more I have been blessed by friends, family, Methow At Home folks and just plain generous, kindhearted people who have brought food, offered prayers. called, visited and given so much love to me after my bike accident. Thanks and gratitude just don’t do all this generosity justice.
Also, the response to the medical and scholarship needs of the orphans in the Congo has been overwhelming (thanks in large part to Ashley’s excellent article). I hope to be back to the triathlon next year. I’m sending so much love, thanks and prayers to you all. (Wayne is especially grateful for the excellent dinners.)
Mungu amibariki (God bless you in Swahili).
If you would be so kind, please remind everyone of the approaching onset of a new school year and the necessity of reduction of COVID numbers in the county in order for the school year to commence in as normal a fashion as possible.
Wenatchee has rising numbers of COVID variant in their population, and those numbers will undoubtedly increase towards Okanogan County unless we have a firm vaccination defense in place. As you know, children under 12 are not yet OKed to receive the vaccine; we need to take precaution to see that they do not become infected, and that they do not carry the infection to others.
Children have a right to feel safe. Teachers and families have a right to feel safe. If you have not yet been vaccinated, please do your part. Thanks to vaccines of the past, we are virtually worry-free from contracting polio, meningitis, rubella, measles and many more. Many thanks to all for your sacrifices and concern!
Thanks from Three Rivers
On behalf of Three Rivers Hospital, I’d like to thank all our district’s residents who voted in support of the one-year levy renewal we requested on the Aug. 3 ballot.
These much-needed funds will allow our hospital to continue providing 24/7 emergency services, staffed with board-certified physicians and excellent nurses. We are committed to continuing to strive for providing the ideal patient experience to all.
Times have been tough for rural hospitals like ours, which makes your support all the more meaningful to us.
Our community hospital has been here for you for over 72 years, and we look forward to serving you for many years to come.
Three Rivers Hospital Board of Commissioners
Support each other
Our thanks to Marcy Stamper for highlighting the impact of the wildfires on our physical and mental health in the Aug. 4 paper. We know the stress of intense fire and smoke also comes as COVID-19 exposures continue to rise. Local workers, families, elders, youth and businesses find themselves struggling to make it, once again. Everywhere we look in our community we see our incredible capacity for resilience.
And we also can’t take it for granted — this is a long haul! It is going to take all of us supporting each other to get through: Look out for each other, be kind, reach out to that person you haven’t heard from in a few days. Give us a call at Room One, even if you believe others’ needs are more serious or important than your own. Don’t wait for a crisis — we are here for you!
We are currently training new staff to increase our ability to support our community, including increased bilingual capacity. Phone calls to schedule appointments a few days in advance are highly encouraged (997-2050). It can take time to get scheduled with an available advocate. We appreciate your patience and calling early when possible! Walk-ins for immediate needs are still available of course.
Being connected with each other is, and always has been, a vital part of what makes our community work. Thank you, Methow Valley — and all the local and visiting firefighters working around the clock to keep us safe.
Room One staff