Spring Cleanup at the Railyard

Submitted by Mark Borleske, May 22, 2008

On Saturday, May 17th, Cascade Rail Foundation had a “spring cleanup” work party. It seemed that spring had arrived and the sun was out as it was time to clean up the yard. Volunteers from the 4-H Club cut and cleared out brush, weeds and junk at the rail yard and interpretive [cpg_album:2] trail. Things sure look better because of their efforts.

Former Milwaukee Road signal maintainer; R.C. Smith, “Smitty” and his wife Sharon were on hand to help out as well. Smitty helped haul out the big brush in his pickup truck while the 4-H volunteers cut and loaded the brush. It was a very productive effort and Cascade Rail Foundation wishes to thank everybody who helped out.

The volunteers from the 4-H Club are from the “Easton Power Pigs.” The club originated in Easton but club members come from all over Kittitas County. Every year members have to complete a community service project and this year the kids chose working at the depot at South Cle Elum. Thanks to Kaylan Van Vleck, Brandon Van Vleck, Mitchell Millsap, Chris Lael and Jeremy Gamble and to adult volunteers Stacy Van Vleck, Lynne Thomas and Amy Svendsen for making a big difference at the rail yard.

Mark Borleske

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