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Letters to the Editor…
Noted author to
speak at The Belfry
Paulina Springs Books
will host bestselling author
Garth Stein at The Belfry for
an author event on Friday,
February 13 at 6 p.m., for
his new novel “A Sudden
“We booked this popu-
lar venue in expectation of
a crowd; it can seat up to
200 people, so there’s room
for everyone!” said Amanda
McNaughton of Paulina
Stein’s book “The Art of
Racing in the Rain” was a
long-running national best-
seller. His new novel, like his
others, has a Northwest set-
ting, on Puget Sound, and a
splash of magical realism as
14-year-old Trevor uncov-
ers controversy, dark history
— and maybe ghosts in his
The event is free and
open to the public. Food and
drinks will be available for
purchase from The Belfry’s
Before turning to writing
full-time, Garth was a docu-
editing, and/or producing
several award-winning films,
including “The Lunch Date,”
winner of the Academy
Award for live action short in
1990, and “The Last Party,”
starring Robert Downey, Jr.
Born in Los Angeles and
raised in Seattle, Garth’s
ancestry is diverse: his
mother, a native of Alaska,
is of Tlingit Indian and
Irish descent; his father, a
Brooklyn native, is the child
garth Stein will offer a book
presentation at the Belfry.
of Jewish emigrants from
Austria. After spending his
childhood in Seattle and then
living in New York City for
18 years, Garth returned to
Seattle in 2001, and lives
there currently with his wife,
three sons, and their dog,
Stein is co-founder of
Seattle7Writers, a nonprofit
organization dedicated to
energizing readers and writ-
ers and their communities
by providing funding pro-
gramming, donations of free
books to those in need, and
generally inspiring enthusi-
asm for reading.
Doors open for the event
at 5 p.m.; program starts
at 6 p.m. The Belfry is
located at 302 E. Main Ave.
For more information call
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addition of a nice playground area now sur-
To the Editor:
Hoodoo Ski Area’s 33rd Annual rounded by benches and beautiful tress.
For a long time it was under-used, but
Winter Carnival is Saturday, February 7.
Unfortunately, they are experiencing another now I see groups of children and their parents
dismal season. We in Sisters Country know all through the day at the playground, play-
how detrimental the lack of snow has been for ing ball, having picnics and birthday parties.
businesses in town. Of course, Hoodoo is no A group from the airport has a weekly early
morning (ultimate) Frisbee game. Many dads
We all have the opportunity to show bring their kids to fly kites. I’ve heard other
Hoodoo Ski Area how important they are things being considered like more picnic
to our community by attending the Winter benches and a volleyball court. How great
Carnival. The events are family-friendly and that we have nice family parks on both sides
varied: Frisbee golf, Hula Hoop contest, BBQ, of town.
The one thing Clemens Park lacks is
fireworks, and much more.
Come and join in the fun! And pray for restrooms, sorely needed if one spends any
amount of time there, especially with children.
Now I understand there is a grant the City
could apply for that would allow restroom
facilities to be built at the park and I encourage
people to write to the Parks Advisory Board or
To the Editor:
You would think with the school district speak up at the next meeting (February 4 at
being handed its head in the recent bond vote, 4 p.m.) and let them know you support this
the school board would be looking to make project. There’s not much time left before the
some changes going forward. Not so, with the grant expires, so please don’t put it off.
appointment of recycled Jeff Smith to a board
Director Stephen King advocated for able
To the Editor:
candidate Karan Swaner for the position. The
Mayor Gorayeb’s laments in a January
fix was in though, as has become fashionable
in Sisters these days, with vice-chair Andrew 28 Nugget article describing recent planning
Gorayeb and director Melvin Herburger going department “defections/dismissals” almost
along with chair Don Hedrick’s choice for the brought me to tears. (“Major shakeup in City
planning,” The Nugget, page 1.)
What really prompted “a gusher” was his
Something to keep in mind when school
comment that the reversal of the misguided
board elections come around this spring.
back-in parking mess was on the “back-
burner” and would “need another two to three
months to be resolved.”
Perhaps he can enlighten my stupefied
To the Editor:
As a resident living near Clemens Park for brain on why it would be that complicated a
the past five years, I have watched it grow
from a dog park to a family park with the
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