Snippet is not on the onomatopoeia list, but I think it should be: any word that is used to describe and mimic a sound. Well, it’s not exactly a sound, but snippet is a snip of information. Snip! Can’t you hear it?
Here are your snippets for the week.
So, did autumn decide to treat us with the very best since we lost a chunk of summer? The glorious golden days we’ve experienced this past week have been as soothing as the balsam of fair Gilead. We needed this.
Methow Trails’ crews are busy preparing for winter. Sections on Jack’s Trail were thinned and a brand new bridge crosses Goat Creek on the Community Trail. Kudos to the hard-working men and women who are committed to keeping our glorious trail system operable.
The Mazama Community Club was the fortunate recipient of a portion of longtime supporter Red McComb’s estate. The funds are now being used to build a covered picnic shelter on the property. Contractor Flash Clark and his crew are in the process of raising the structure. Community volunteer help would be most appreciated. You know, the gopher tasks! Stop by the little red building during normal business hours and check in with the crew if you have some time available to lend a hand.
If you have never taken the trail to Cutthroat Lake, now is the time to do it. The larches are in their flaming glory and the creeks are crossable. Determined to make it to the lake, I crossed the last creek bed with the help of a walking stick that someone so graciously left for the next unsteady person. “Only a little bit farther,” I thought, and totally focused on getting to the lake, suddenly much to my surprise two “statues” appeared under a tree. Startled, I greeted the couple that had taken shelter from the light sprinkle of rain. They were so colorful and gracious, I had to take a picture of them at lakeside. Jonathan Lee and Llida Barata from Everett were so excited to be a part of our local news. “You made our day,” Llida said.
Mazama’s own Donni Reddington never ceases to amaze me with her talent, skills, drive, and versatility. She recently acquired an old mini commuter truck. She said, “I’ve waited only 20 years to do this and I finally made this tiny dream come true. Best part is, it will haul two dirt bikes.” Go, Donni!
Love the Instagram posts regarding Halloween. Eqpd has the coolest sustainable Halloween candy bags. Methow Recycles has creative ideas for costumes that don’t add to the plastic refuse problem. Poorman Plants will help you create a wreath for any season. The Methow Valley Senior Center Thrift Store and Thrifty Fox are productive places to find costumes.
If you’ve noticed activity around the Winthrop ball fields, it’s because Winthrop Kiwanis has partnered with baseball, bicycle, and Cider House folks to spiff the place up. A new coat of paint on the backside of the fence has given a new look for all the Highway 20 visitors and residents. Thanks to Orson Gurney of Youth Baseball for doing the painting and Winthrop Kiwanis for funding the effort.
This may be corny, but does nobody else see the sign “Caution: School Congestion” and not wonder what ailment the school has that has made it congested — a bad cold, flu, COVID? What about “Slow Dust?” Is the dust so slow it is creeping across the road? Are you approaching dead people when the sign says “Dead End?”
Okay, enough snippets.