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Our View: Picks and (no) pans

No pans this week, because it's hard to be critical when the weather has been so fabulous. Herewith our picks:

  • Bravo to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for six Tony nominations bestowed on two plays commissioned by OSF through its American Revolutions: The United States History Cycle. "Sweat," by Lynn Nottage, and "Indecent," by Paula Vogel, each received three nominations, including Best Play. Both plays are on Broadway this season.
  • A big cheer to boosters of Ashland High School athletics for stepping up and raising money to replace the high school's dilapidated running track. Installed in 1991, it was last resurfaced in 2003 and badly needs to be replaced. The project won't be inexpensive — the campaign's goal is $500,000 — but we have no doubt the community will rise to the challenge as it always does when its schools are in need of assistance.
  • Kudos to Ashland's newest community market, on the first Saturday of every month at the Bellview Grange. Art, books, produce and quality household goods can be found, offered by community vendors who rent tables for $10. The new event is part of the grange membership revitalizing the organization as a community gathering place.
  • Congratulations to former Jackson County commissioner and Ashland resident Jeff Golden, whose public affairs program "Immense Possibilities," produced by Southern Oregon Public Television, will be seen nationwide after the National Educational Telecommunications Association agreed to distribute 13 episodes to 20 more stations. The weekly show is about people and community projects changing the world.