Memories & Milestones
Two Asian students were recently hosted by local Glenwood Springs families as part of a group of 18 international youth exchange students from around the world. The program is organized by the Colorado Lions Club.Nandia-Erdene Dashdondog, 16, visited from Ulan Bator, Mongolia, and Edward Wang, 18, is from Shenzhen, China, a large city near Hong Kong.Wang is the son of the Lions district governor of Shenzhen. He stayed with local Lions members Dale and Dorothy Snearly for three weeks. Dashdondog was with the Pat Seydel and Susan Cashel family for two weeks.The two were also invited to spend five days at the Colorado Lions Camp in Woodland Park. In addition to attending camp, the visitors went sightseeing, hiking, biking and river rafting, played volleyball, basketball and soccer, and enjoyed the Hot Springs Pool and meeting the Glenwood Springs Lions Club.
Sopris Mothers Acting Up named longtime children’s activist and local mother Illne Pevec as its 2009 Mother of the Year following the Aug. 12 screening of “Fresh,” an ecofood documentary that was shown at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale to benefit the community greenhouse and garden project at the school. The award was presented by Pevec’s daughter and group co-founder, Adriana Pevec Brown. It came with a $400 check for the “edible schoolyard” and greenhouse project, along with a pledge of hands-on support when the garden is being planted. “You have always inspired me,” Brown said upon presenting the award. “And now your work has inspired a community of young mothers who are seeking a way to create a better world for our children.” As an art teacher in Vancouver, Canada, Pevec created the “Spirit of Nature Garden,” where numerous acres were converted into gardens that combine opportunities for fine arts, gardening and cooking for school children. A native of Brazil, she more recently took her vision to the streets of Santo Angelo, where she funded community gardens through an innovative “Women’s Purse Project” in which one-of-a-kind handbags are made by young women using recycled soda can tops. The purses are then sold to purchase supplies and to pay college tuition for two young women who are running the garden and teaching youngsters how to farm, while providing fresh produce for their community. The RFHS edible schoolyard and community greenhouse project is Pevec’s latest passion.
Molly Crosby (nee Molly Ackerman), a 2004 Glenwood Springs High School graduate, will enter the Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wis., this fall to pursue her longtime dream to enter the field of law. Molly graduated high school with honors and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese language and culture in May 2008. She and her husband, Mason, live in Green Bay, Wis.
Hanna Emily Farrar of Carbondale graduated from Dartmouth College as one of more than 1,000 students receiving Bachelor of Arts degrees at the spring 2009 commencement exercises. Farrar is the daughter of Davis and Cathie Farrar of Carbondale. Hanna Farrar majored in geography and minored in biology.
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