Pick — The Oregon Shakespeare Festival sticks another feather in its cap for commissioning, developing and premiering playwright Lynn Nottage's play “Sweat” in 2015. The work, part of OSF's “American Revolutions” series exploring key moments in U.S. history, has won the Pulitzer Prize for drama.
Pick — Ashland High School senior Amelia Zeve, who snagged one of nine full-ride scholarships to Seattle University. Zeve made two trips to Seattle for interviews, the second requiring her to deliver a five-minute speech on how to solve childhood malnutrition. Bravo, Amelia.
Pick — Amy Stewart learned that food was the biggest need among disadvantaged children at John Muir Magnet School. So she developed a program that gives children backpacks each week filled with breakfasts, lunches and snacks. John Muir is a Title I school — at least 40 percent of its students qualify for free or reduced lunches — but that program is at risk from potential budget cuts. Stewart is filling the gap while filling bellies. (April 19: This paragraph has been changed the correct the name of John Muir Magnet School).
Pan — Thumbs down to the news that employees of Oregon's recreational marijuana industry can't use their income to qualify for bank loans because marijuana is still illegal under federal law and banks are federally chartered. Sounds like a good reason to patronize a credit union until the feds get their act together.
Pick — Two bonus days of skiing at Mount Ashland weekend. The extended season is another benefit of the wet winter, no matter how ready we all may be for it to end.