Ashley MacDonald is terminally ill with small-cell carcinoma. The 17-year-old got the diagnosis in November, but her final days were made a little brighter thanks to a host of people - some who knew her, some who did not. Ashley thought she was getting a shopping spree courtesy of the Lacey Wal-Mart and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She didn't know a limo was going to pick her up at her Roy home, or that a Lacey Police officer would present her with signed CDs and books by her favorite musician, Avril Lavigne. Shopping is one of Ashley's favorite pastimes, according to family members, and Lynette Huggard, community relations for Wal-Mart, said the company was going to do everything in its power to turn Ashley's shopping adventure into a wonderful experience. It was Huggard's idea to contact CosmoGIRL! magazine, which featured Lavigne recently. Huggard was thrilled when the magazine sent signed T-shirts, CDs and books. "I'm glad for Ashley," said Tolanda Jenks, who flew from Maine to be with her granddaughter in her final weeks. "She had to have such a mean thing happen to her; at least she's getting some pleasure."
Wayne "Scotty" Ruegsegger takes pride in his Evergreen Park neighborhood and has made it his personal mission to rid the area of abandoned cars. Four times every day, he walks a mile-long loop that includes Evergreen Park Drive. Every day he sees the junked vehicles - as many as six. He has pressed Olympia police to solve the problem but they have their hands full. Officers get as many as 200 complaints about abandoned vehicle each month. Enforcement falls to one police cadet, Erin Schoolcraft, a 20-year-old aspiring police officer who picks up nonemergency duties police officers can't get to. "I'm angry about the procedure," Ruegsegger said of the process necessary to get an abandoned vehicle disposed of. "I don't like the ideas of these ugly vehicles sitting here for weeks and weeks and weeks." Most people don't, and Ruegsegger deserves credit for trying to keep abandoned vehicles off neighborhood streets.