Pool is vital
Being a lifelong Methow Valley resident, the Twisp Pool has been an absolute lifesaver; quite literally and figuratively. Aside from the swimming lessons they offer (which my son and I have both taken as young children there), the pool is a place of community for valley residents of all ages to stay healthy and active. Our village is vexingly aware of the limited recreational activities despite the colossal quantity of outdoor hiking, skiing, biking, etc. … all of which we cannot send children off to do on their own.
In 1966 the pool was built with the goal to prevent further tragic drowning accidents. Since its opening the pool has gone regrettably past its lifespan. Just last summer, the pool had no temperature control for countless days. Frigid temperatures make it impossible to bring small children and babies to the pool to enjoy some much-needed splash time!
I support the Methow Aquatics District because pools provide a safe environment for people of all ages to learn the life skill of swimming. Having an indoor swimming center would create a healthier community having access to swim 12 months a year. Unlike many decisions made in our community, this district allows our community to have a voice! We have been relying on Twisp residents for 60 years to support a public pool for the entire community, it is time for a change.
One of the most important qualities our valley has is that we all support one another, like a village. With many valley families, mine included, living on a strict budget, having community support for an aquatics center is crucial. Living in Twisp town limits in the River’s Edge Mobile Park, there are 20-plus children down here that walk to and from the pool every day it is open, it provides a safe haven for many of these kids. As a community, we can vote to provide more!
Thanks from Three Rivers
To the communities of the Methow Valley and Okanogan Public Hospital District (Three Rivers Hospital): The Board of Commissioners would like to thank these communities for their support in the levy just passed. We appreciate everyone taking the time to understand the issues and making an informed decision with your vote. Having a Rural Health Care Safety Net, a facility with up-to-date equipment, Critical Access, and a fully staffed Emergency Room is essential for everyone.
Michael Pruett, Board Chair, Winthrop
Cherri Thomas, Winthrop
Leslie MacNamera, Bridgeport
David Garcia, Brewster
Tracy Shrable. Brewster
To our many friends, colleagues and neighbors in the Methow — a heartfelt (and sad) thank you for many years of friendship, good times, neighborly support and community care. We are comfortably settled in our Wenatchee home, if not entirely unpacked and organized. The real beauty of the Methow Valley comes from the people. Our 22 years there were the best years of our lives. Sorry about the “Irish Farewell,” but the past few months were a hectic challenge. We won’t be strangers in the valley, and I’m sure we’ll see many of you here as well.