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As you hear this, it's about 170 days away from March 12th, 2024. That may sound like quite a ways away, but the Town of Winthrop is getting started now on plans for its centennial celebration. The town's official incorporation date was March 12, 1924.

Our friends at the Methow Valley News report that at it's meeting on Sepember 6th, the Winthrop Town Council adopted a resolution stating that, and we quote, “whereas, with fortitude, perseverance, and a vibrant history of citizen contributions the Town of Winthrop has flourished through good times and bad,”there will be a party. The resolution directs the town staff to plan appropriate centennial celebrations and authorizes the use of town funds to support the events.

The Town Council's vote was unanimous. That's an important historical point, for when residents of the community voted to incorporate 100 years ago, the vote was only 56 percent in favor of it.

Back to today, Winthrop Mayor Sally Ranzau said it’s not too early to start planning and, in her words, “get everybody excited about it.” For more on Winthrop's incorporation and how it came about, go to methowvalleynews-dot-com.

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