Community photo shows the love for everyone
May 17, 2012
By Michele Mihalovich
When you put a call out to the Snoqualmie Valley to show up for a community photo, you never know who or what’s going to show up.
Such was the case May 5, when several people brought their dogs, and a couple of families brought their chickens.
“I couldn’t believe it — chickens,” said North Bend photographer Mary Miller, who organized the community photo. “But it was great. I loved it.”
Miller said the original intent for a community photo was to be a part of a table book she’s creating called “Life in the Upper Valley.”
“But then I thought it would also be a great way to bring back the celebration of this community in the midst of such tragedies we’ve faced recently,” she said.
The tragedies were a plane crashing into Mount Si, a home invasion where a man had to shoot and kill a man who broke into his home, a Mount Si High School student who killed himself and the killings of Lynnettee and Kaylene Keller.
“I personally felt there was a bit of a pall in the Valley,” Miller said.
She said 200 people turned out at Centennial Fields in Snoqualmie for the heart-shaped group shot.
“Everybody was in a party mood,” she said. “You could just tell they felt great getting out and participating in this as a community.”
Miller directed people from three stories up on an industrial lift while giving direction from a megaphone to helpers Danny Kolke and Rene Schuster.
When the shot was done, Miller said several people came up and thanked her, and told her the experience felt like a community hug.
“The intent was for us to remember our neighbors and to be there for them,” she said.
Michele Mihalovich: 392-6434, ext. 246, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.