Don’t need a dollar store
I read with alarm the article in the Methow Valley News (April 27) that Dollar General had considered a Twisp location. I am so grateful that the newspaper provides us with these kinds of stories to inform our community. The article quotes Dollar General’s public relations coordinator saying they have a “mission of serving others” — be assured that’s the last thing the company cares about! Community members should be aware that the addition of a Dollar General store to the Methow would be bad.
Dollar stores drive local groceries (like our beloved Hank’s Harvest Foods or the Glover Street Market) out of business. Dollar stores are able to sell high-margin products (dry goods, paper products, alcohol) at lower prices because they are national chains, able to negotiate lower wholesale prices. This hurts the bottom line of local grocers who sell similar items but also provide healthier, but less-profitable food.
Dollar stores hire fewer employees than local groceries, thereby limiting their ability to contribute to sustainable employment. Local grocery store owners (like our beloved Hank), spend and invest more money in the local community and care more about the needs of the community than anonymous national chain stores. Finally, dollar stores sell crappy processed food that no one really needs!
If Dollar General or other similar stores come sniffing around, let’s send them packing!
Join the Community Center
The Methow Valley Community Center Association (MVCCA) is conducting its annual membership drive. This year, the goal is to have every household in the valley, whether full-time or part-time, become a member.
Thanks to the visionary folks in the 1970s who believed the old Twisp High School should assume a new life as a center for community events rather than being torn down, this historic building has been transformed into a vital and valued space which hums with activities throughout the year. Please take 20 minutes of your time to watch a new film by Terry Hunt about the history of the building, “In The Heart of a Special Place,” which is available on the website.
Total expenses in the 2022 budget are projected to be $140,000, which does not include any major improvements to the building or land. Approximately 50% will be generated from rental income with an additional 15% from special events and 10% from the Visitor Information Center. That leaves 25% or $35,500, which we hope the membership drive will raise.
This is both a call and an opportunity to help out and become an active participant in this marvelous building. The annual report was sent to members’ homes in January which asked to renew your membership. We are also encouraging and recruiting new members which one can find on the website, https://methowcommunity.org. Please contact Kirsten at the community center for information, (509) 997-2926. The response to the membership drive has been very disappointing at only 74 renewals at the writing of this letter.
Board Member, MVCCA
Tree Board kudos
The Town of Twisp Tree Board would like to thank the community and everyone who showed up on Saturday to help us celebrate Arbor Day. We were able to give away 100 Ponderosa pine trees, about a dozen apricot trees, and a red maple. Next year, we hope to have more trees and more variety, as the trees this year went like hotcakes at the Grange Hall breakfasts.
There are two citizens and one organization that we need to acknowledge for their generous donations to the tree board for tree purchases. Judy Brezina has donated $300 and given us tremendous moral support. Tree Board member Tamar Baber donated another $200 for trees this year, the second year in a row that she has done so, and both of the last two years she has been the one to arrange and pick up the trees as well. Tamar has been a great addition to the Tree Board.
And last but not least, the Methow Conservancy facilitated a $700 donation via anonymous donors that has given us a huge lift at the Tree Board. We are really lucky to have the Methow Conservancy doing the work that it does so well in this mountain valley of ours. This money will enable us to move forward with our tree program in the Town of Twisp like never before. We are already planning for a bigger event next year, and these generous donations are a big part of our ability to make that happen.
Dwight Filer, Tamar Baber, Nick Crimp, Bruce Morrison, Len Baublitz
Town of Twisp Tree Board