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SECTION B THE ISSAQUAH PRESS COMMUNITY WEDNESDAY~ JANUARY 287 2009 4, Volunteers sought for Greenway restoration project BY JEFF RICHARDS Mountains to Sound Greenway is look- ing for a few good men and women for restoration work at Squak Mountain State Park and the Greenway Native Plant Nursery in the coming months. Every Satur- day, the group IFYOU GO welcomes vol- unteers to ,9 a.m. - 3 help with two p.m. every projects fo- Saturday cused on trail ~ Mountains maintenance to Sound at the state Greenway park and re- ~ 20~812- filling the greenway's 0122 outdoor plant ~ Register at nursery. ~av.mts- The plant greenway.org. nursery, ordi- narily home to almost 15,000 native trees and shrubs inside Lake Sam- mamish State Park, is in need of refilling. On Jan. 17, volunteers came out and managed to plant 2,000 trees and shrubs for it. "It was sunny weather, and they were just out there plant- ing and chatting it up," said Margaret Ullman, greenway volunteer program coordinator. "It's an extremely social and enjoyable event." The nursery relies on a year- round volunteer force, which makes up about 95 percent of the crew. At Squak Mountain State Park, the trails are in need of several repairs, such as re- building trail turnpikes and switchbacks, and installing drain dips. The work is needed due to normal wear and tear on the trails, and it is critical to the continued use of the trails by the community, said Mike Stenger, greenway trails pro- gram manager. "Without this work, they would deteriorate and be less usable to folks in the commu- nity," he said. "Folks get to know each other and get a sense of community." He said anywhere from 10- 20 people normally show up, and they are supervised by 12 crew members from AmeriCorps, who also work on the trails Monday through Friday. Volunteers work a half-day. They are given an approxi- mately 30-minnte orientation and safety briefing before get- ting started. Ullman said they see all kinds of people showing up for volunteer work, from students needing community service for school requirements to retirees looking for work to pass the time. Volunteers need to be a min- imum of 14 years old to do trail maintenance and 6 years old to volunteer at the plant nursery. The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust is a nonprofit organization founded in 1991. It oversees 1.4 million acres of natural land, stretching along Interstate 90 from Puget Sound to Central Wash- ington. It works to preserve the land by repairing trails and support- ' ing open land protection, among other activities. Reach intern Jeff Richards at 392- 6434, ext. 236, or isspress@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress, com. tness story Locals share their images from the inauguration of President Barack Obama BY JULIE ABBATE Mad Abbate sits on room Usa Schule's shoulders at the inauguration in Washington, D.C. 'This seemed to be a dream come true for Mad, who actually met Obama when she was 'little" and tells everyone that she is 3 now, and she voted for Obama, said her grandmother, Kathie Horsman, of Issaquah, who also attended the inauguration. More than 400 Liberty High School students gathered in the school's commons to watch the his- toric inauguration. Ten years from now, they are going to remember exactly where they were on that day, and we really wanted it to be a good, special memory: said Dana Greenberg, Uberty's dean of students. BY ALEX BELL BY BILL HEMMENWAY A man attending the Inauguration shows his love for President Obama. BY BILL HEMMENWAY A ticket of the Hemmenways (above). 'It was a day for the ages; Bill Hemmenway, with his wife Chris (below), said of the inauguration. 'People were so excited. Emotions ran from laughing (while waiting in the long, cold lines for hours) to crying when President Obama took the oath: BY BILL HEMMENWAY Banners like this one were every- where in Washington, D.C., as people decorated for the inauguration. BY CHANTELLE LUSEBRINK Students in Briarwood Elementary School's Science and Technology Magnet Program watched the inau- guration on a large screen in their class as a culmi- nation of their studies about U,S. government and elections. CONTRIBIYrED Thirty-five Skyline High School students, humanities teacher Rob Rosemont and three chaperones spent three days learning about history and attending the inauguration. Here, they pose in front of their bus. Skyline students attend swearing-in ceremony BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER American politics and government took on a whole new meaning for 35 Skyline High School students, their govern- ment teacher and three chaper- ones, after experiencing the presi- dential inauguration firsthand Jan. 20. By some accounts, more than 1.5 million people were estimated to have attended the inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. And millions more watched the historic mo- ment on television or the Inter- net. The group from Sammamish was on a three-day whirlwind trip they had been planning since last February. It was part educational, part witnessing history, but over- all, the students said they have a greater appreciation for the demo- cratic system. "The inauguration in general, no matter who the new president is, is a special time to be in Wash- ington, D.C.," said Skyline human- ities teacher and trip organizer Rob Rosemont as he sat in Reagan National Airport in Northern Vir- ginia Jan. 20. "I really just wanted to organize this so they could wit- ness history. As the group waited for its plane back to Seattle, Rosemont re- flected on his experience and said the inauguration scene was posi- tive and peaceful. "Everybody seemed to have a common bond that overrode everything else," he said. Rosemont, along with five stu- dents, used thegroup's six allotted tickets, provided by Congressman Dave Reichert to view the cere- mony from the reserve seating area about 300 yards from the stage. The rest of the group watched the screens from about a mile away. For Skyline junior Rachel Blyth, the experience was eye opening. Interacting with people from across the country changed her perspective. "It was a cool experience to see how other people viewed it," she said. "You could hear lines in his speech that will he on his memo- rial some day." Blyth said she was particularly impacted by a part of Obama's speech about leaders blaming the West: "To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West -- know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. "That hit the nail on the head for a lot of people," Blyth said. Rosemont, who has orches- trated class trips to the nation's capital before, decided during the heated 2008 primary voting sea- son that he would set up a trip to this year's inauguration. At that point, the frontrunners for the White House were Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Rudolph Giuliaui. "Some kids maybe hoped it was Obama, but that wasn't the reason they signed up," Rosemont said. "They signed up for the trip re- gardless of who it was." Skyline junior T.J. Forney said he also found a new appreciation for American government. "It makes it seem a lot more real," he said. "Actually being there, it gives you the sense that this is more than it's made out to be -- it's really going on." Although the inauguration fes- tivities were the highlight for most of the students, they also spent two days prior learning, in person, about American history. "We were always on the move," Forney said. Upon arrival from their red-eye flight, they went straight to Starbucks, he said. They visited the Holocaust Mu- "It was a cool experience to see how other people viewed it. You could, hear lines in his speech that will be on his memorial some day" - Rachel Blyth Skfline High School senior "It makes it seem a lot more real. Actually being there, it gives you the sense that this is more than it's made out to be - it's really going on" - Tj. Forney SIo4ine High School junior "1 saw a real kind of spark in the students. Regardless of the elected candidate. I knew it would be somebody of interest to the kids. - Rob Rosemont Sk)~/ne High S~ot ~ tea~er seum, the Lincoln Memorial and various other places. "Seeing a lot of the monuments and memorials before helped put the inauguration into perspec- tive, Blyth said. "It helped to see what changes (Obama) was going to make -- to be able to look back and see how things had been and how he is going to be the change." An attempt in 2004 to take Sky- line students to the historic event didn't fly, due to lack of interest, Rosemont said, but this year was the perfect opportunity to feed stu- dents' enthusiasm for the political process. "I saw a real kind of spark in the students. Regardless of the elected candidate," he said. "I knew it would be somebody of in- terest to the kids. "It was amazing," he added. "I think the students had a great time, the chaperones had a good time. I couldn't have asked for a better trip." Forney's greatest memory about the trip, he said, was, "witnessing everything firsthand. It's not the same as when you read about it in a history book." Reach Reporter Christopher Huber at 392- 6434, ext. 242, or chuber@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquah- press.com.