Jordan J Frasier
Union senior picks project close to her heart
Misty Ashdown hasn’t had the easiest path to her last year of high school. After entering foster care at age 11, she has overcome an adolescence of unstable circumstances to reach a point of helping others. The Union High School senior has lived with three foster families since entering the system. In that time, Ashdown learned to never rely on other people for much — a mind-set she said softened the adjustment of entering new families and the reality of never having the same lifestyle as her peers.
‘Pie lady’ proves she’s not a one-dessert wonder
When her neighbor realized his wife was better at using a needle and thread than she was at using mixing bowls and making pie crusts, the man started paying Melva Carlson to bake pies. Soon the trend expanded and Carlson was baking pies for other neighbors, family and friends, and she became affectionately known as the “pie lady.”
For a couple of upstate-New York transplants who have made their home in north Clark County for 35 years, Chuck and Judy Pepper found more than a hobby, they found 500,000 “friends.” The Pepper’s social circle is rich with the sweet taste of honey thanks to the buzzy-bodies, which occupy nine hives in the couple’s Battle Ground backyard and will produce about 300 pounds of honey this year.
As a fresh college graduate with a degree in environmental studies, Ben Duncan faced a daunting job market to put his education to use. Duncan, a 2000 graduate of the University of Oregon, spent several years working at odd jobs while searching for a way into a field that complements his degree and his passion for environmental protection.