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THE ISSAQUAIt PRESS WEDNESDA~ DECEMBER 30, 2009 B3 OBITUARY Franklin Delano Richard Kleingartner Franklin Delano Richard Kieingartner, of Issaquah, died Dec. 25, 2009. He was 70. A memorial service is at 1 p.m. Jan. 7 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Issaquah. Franklin is survived by his loving wife Dianne. Read his full obituary and online guest book at www.flintofts, com. VOLUNTEER CALL Help homeless and abused animals. Help build a great sanctuary. The King County shelter is closing January 2010 and there is a need for more sanctuary and no-kill shelters. This group is new and needs a lot of help to get up and running. It's in desperate need of an ex- perienced fundraiser for an up- coming walk. It also needs help for upcoming charity and fundraising events. Call 891- 5869 or e-mail storybook- farm01@gmail.com. Friends of Youth is seeking gift donors and volunteers for its annual holiday gift giving program, Giving Tree, dedicated to fulfilling the holiday wishes of youth who would otherwise go without gifts. Volunteer posi- tions include gift gatherers, gift processors, sorters/checkers and gift wrappers. E-mail Cheryl@FriendsofYouth.org or call 869-6490, ext. 309. King County Library Sys- tom Traveling Library Cen- ter: For two to four hours per month, share your love of read- ing with someone who cannot use the library. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, have re- liable transportation to deliver materials and can select, deliver and return library materials to one shut-in patron at least once a month, for one year. Training is provided and takes about an hour. Call 369-3235 or 1-877- 905-2008, toll-free. Eastside Baby Corner: Help fill orders each week, including car seats, diapers, books, for- mula, baby food and clothing, serving victims of domestic vio- lence and homeless families, health care providers, immi- grant assistance groups, faith- based organizations, food banks, school districts, low-in- come and transitional housing agencies, and community cen- ters. Go to www.babycorner.org. lssaquah History Museums: Docents greet the public at the restored Train Depot and/or at the old Town Hall and adjacent jail, or help with mailings and scanning of photos. Volunteers with carpentry and mechanical skills are needed to assist in the maintenance and upkeep of the Train Depot and Gilman Town Hall. E-mail vohnteer@issaquah- history.org or call 392-3500. Providence Marianwood: Assist residents in groups, such as crafts, gardening, cooking, exercise, pampered hands, reli- gious services and as nurturing one-on-one visitors. Volunteers are also needed to assist the foundation with mailings and in its gift shop. Daytime, after- school and evening opportuni- ties are available. Call 391-2827. Issaquah Food and Cloth- ing Bank: A driver is needed to pick up food on Wednesdays from Safeway, Fred Meyer and By Tara Balhnger Issaquah Press reporter orth Bend resident Robert Cleveland takes his job at Echo Glen Children's Center, a youth correctional facility in Snoqualmie that is part of the Issaquah School District, very seriously. As a substance and chemical abuse counselor, he helps youths overcome addiction with the hope that recovery will keep them out of trouble down the road. Cleveland said he became ad- dicted to drugs and alcohol during his tour in Vietnam, using them to soften the horrors of war. After re- tuning to America in handcuffs, his darkest days led him to home- lessness and a heroin-induced coma before he finally cleaned up for good, he said. He takes his job seriously, he said, because he is no stranger to addiction and troubles. Or to re- covery. Cleveland grew up in California with his mom and two brothers. Throughout his childhood, his fa- ther was in and out of prison for drugs. "I saw early on that the prison system wasn't working," he said, "because he just kept ending up back in jail." His mother eventually filed for divorce and raised Cleveland and his siblings on her own. Cleveland was drafted and be- gan his tour as a helicopter gun- ner in 1973. He was 19, and the blood-soaked marsMand of Viet- nam was a far cry from suburban California. He said he was hooked on alco- hol by the end of his first week and within 10 dayshe was ad- dicted to heroin. Both substances, he said, were pervasive among U.S. soldiers in Vietnam. CONTRIBUTED North Bend resident Robert Cleveland, seen here when he was 19 serving in Vietnam, overcame his own drug addic- tions developed from the war to become an addiction counselor at the Echo Glen Children's Center. "It was everywhere. The heroin was more hidden, but everybody drank constantly," Cleveland said. He still remembers his first ex- perience with heroin. "I took it, and it was like a eu- phoria I've never known," he said. "All of the sudden, war didn't seem ugly anymore." He spent hours throwing up as a reaction to the drug, but it didn't stop him. He was addicted almost back. They would wade through water or waist-high grass looking for the Army-green ponchos that the bodies had been wrapped in, he said. When he found them -- often bloated from rain -- he would pile them in a helicopter for transport back to base. "The first time, I was so careful. I thought to myself, 'This could be me. This could be one of my family members,'" he said. "But by the end, I was numb. ,They weren't even people to me. The bodies of Vietnamese sol- diers would often be left uncov- ered in the fields and would be blackened with decay, he said. He receded more and more into immediately. As his year of duty dragged on, the war became harder to white out. Once a month, Cleveland's unit would search the battlefields for dead American soldiers to take , i iii ,,, heroin use -- he was busted twice before being arrested for selling heroin to an undercover officer. After six months in prison, he said he was sent back to America with his ranking stripped and no way to translate his experience as a helicopter gunner to the job market. His family had moved to Wash- ington while he was at war, but he went back to California. Frustrated and hopeless, Cleve- land said he roamed around Southern California for 15 years, working odd jobs, picking fights, couch surfing and sleeping in the desert while oscillating between alcohol, cocaine and heroin. In 1999, an abscess caused by using a needle to shoot heroin into his leg muscle landed him in the hospital, where he collapsed into a coma for six weeks, he said. When he awoke to find his fam- ily at his bedside, Cleveland de- cided to get clean. A month at the Union Gospel Mission's New Visions rehab cen- ter in Seattle was one of the most painful of his life. "I couldn't sleep for days," he said. "I was so sick I couldn't move." After the worst was behind him, Cleveland stayed at New Visions for two more years while earning his associate applied science de- gree in chemical dependency counseling. After that, he went on to get a Bachelor of Arts in social and human services from Ever- green State College. He has been helping addicts ever since. Cleveland started at Echo Glen four years ago as a juvenile reha- bilitation corrections counselor, shortly after marrying his wife, who lived in North Bend. He helps run an in-patient drug and alcohol program, which uses intensive be- havior therapy to help residents cope with addiction and other challenges. "I am so proud of the work we do there," he said. Echo Glen was awarded the Pro- gram of the Year award by the Na- tional Commission on Correctional Health Care in 2006-for its incor- poration of mental health care and low relapse rates. "I have been given so much help," Cleveland said. "I want to give back, and make this commu- nity better for everyone." Tara Ballenger: 392-6434, ext. 248 or tballenger@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com. Metro needs transit advisers Metro Transit needs King County residents to serve on the Accessible Services Advisory Com- mittee. The committee has several vacancies, and Metro leaders are accepting applications. Metro wants committee mem- hers who represent a variety of ages, disabilities, income levels, ethnic backgrounds, cultural com- munities, geographical areas and transit needs~ Preference will be given to applicants who frequently use Metro bus or Access Trans- portation services. Find applications at www.king- county, gov/transportation/ kcdot/Metro Transit/Advisory- Groups. Follow the link labeled "Accessible Services Advisory Committee." Or e-mail Community Relations Planner Sarah Luthens at sarah.luthens@kingcounty.gov. Alternate formats are available at 206-684-1154 TTY 711. Late environmentalist donates $30,000 to city The late environmentalist Ruth Kees earned a can-do reputation through efforts to preserve open space and the Issaquah Creek wa- tershed. Now, the conservation- ist's legacy will continue through a $30,000 donation from Kees' es- tate. City Council members accepted the donation Dec. 21. It will be used to establish The Ruth and Dan Kees Award for a Sustainable Environment endowment fund. The endowment will be used to award $500 to people recognized by the city for exemplary environ- mental activism. Kees, 84, died in early May, not long after city officials awarded the environmental honor named S Jack Frost seems to be get- ting closer and with snow pre- dictions in some of the area's :~:www.sch rtorg higher elevations, Issaquah w.issaquahweclne eOu School District officials have 837-7000 sent out information to families regarding school closure plans. Every family should have re- ceived the 2009-10 Emergency Transportation Bulletin, which details the different types of procedures officials use to delay or modify school days in case of snow or severe weather. Fatal- lies should review these plans, inehd'mg emergency bus stops and alternative routes, before severe weather hits. If severe weather conditions are expected, families can check several sources about school closures, including the district's Web site, the district's main line or your child's school's main line, local news and weather re- ports, and personal e-mail ac- counts where emergency bul- letins from the district's E-News service will arrive. Do not check individual school Web sites, as many won't be updated during severe weather. It is also important to re- member your child's safety dur- ing extreme weather. In some instances, it may not be possi- !!H!!!! !!-!i!i!i!!i~!!i! !i!~iii! iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii ~iii iiiii~iiiii~i!ii~iiii~iiil !iii~ii-!iii !i!i~iiii ii!i!i!i~i!!! !!i!!i!i!il ii !i!i~iii !ii~!/ii!i hie to get your student to his or her snow route bus stop or may not be safe for him or her to journey out of the home. In those cases, district offi- cials depend on parents to make the call. As long as a stu- dent comes to school with a note from a parent, or a parent has called the school about the absence, it can be excused. Elementary school students' absences aren't readily tracked, but parents should know mid- dle and high school students are only allowed 10 excused absences during the year. As long as parents and school officials can track those ab- sences, exceptions can be made for students who need more, without them being penalized. for Kees to a fellow conservation- k Starbucks. Call 392-4123. ist, the late Issaquah Alps Trails Mary, ( een of Peace: Help Club founder Harvey Manning. 2- is needed during the church's bi- The highest environmental To my New Year's KiCgen monthly meetings for two hours honor bestowed by the city is ~ (Suaan O'Connor) to watch the staff's children named the Ruth Kees Award for a za o (from birth to age 6). 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In a letter posted on the White House Web site Tuesday, John Brennan, assistant to President Barack Obama for homeland secu- rity and counterterrorism, said Schmidt will have regular access to the president and play a vital role in the country's security. Schmidt's selection comes more than 10 months after Obama de- clared cyber security a priority and ordered a broad administra- tion review. Considered an expert in com- puter forensics, Schmidt's roughly 40-year career includes 31 years in local and federal government service, including a stint as vice chairman of President George W. Bush's Critical Infrastructure Pro- tection Board. He also was for a short time an adviser to the FBI and worked at the National Drug Intelligence Center. Source: The Seattle Times Reg/ster PONY LEAGUE 80' Bases & 54' Pitching Mound Ages 13-14 Skill Evals Sun., Feb. 28 POHY/COLT & PALOMINO 90' Bases & 60' Pitching Mound Ages 15-19 Pre-formed Teams Welcome Volunteers Needed sa 7 ,'., .... "Ir- lll I