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Inauguration Bound

On Tuesday, Jan. 20, Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States.
Citizens from across the country will flock to Washington D.C. on Tuesday to witness this monumental event.
Even a few faces from Pulaski County will be seen among the crowd gathered for the inauguration ceremony. 
For example, although he is not a Pulaski County resident, Dr. Tom Brewster, who is more well-known in the community for his role as assistant superintendent of administration for the Pulaski County Public School system, will be in attendance at Tuesday’s inauguration.
“I am excited about the opportunity to be a part of history,” he said, noting that he has never attended an inauguration, but was fortunate enough to receive a ticket this time around.
Also in attendance with Brewster will be his daughter, London, a recent graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, who he said worked for the Obama presidential campaign in Richmond.
“For her, it is the culmination of a journey filled with 16-hour days, late nights, and the canvassing of thousands of homes by phone or in person,” he said.
Brewster also commented that it will be fun to Twitter the day’s activities, and network with others back home via his IPhone during his time in Washington D.C..
Pulaski resident Elizabeth Chitwood, secretary of the Pulaski County Democratic Committee and a senior at Radford University, will also be among the crowd gathered for Obama’s inauguration. 
As an Obama supporter since early 2007 and a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, one could say it only seems natural for Chitwood to be attending the inauguration. 
“I wanted the chance to see every aspect of a presidential election,” she said. 
As for her expectations of the event, Chitwood said she would like to see the local district section at the inauguration “completely packed with people.  So many people want to see history made in person.”
Chitwood said that while in Washington D.C., she will be attending a reception hosted by Congressman Rick Boucher on Monday afternoon, and noted that she actually received her ticket to the inauguration by submitting a request to Boucher. 
Brewster will be attending the same event.
While Joe and Jeannette Sheffey of New River will not be able to attend Boucher’s reception due to a prior engagement, they too received tickets to the inauguration from Boucher, and will be in attendance at Tuesday’s ceremony.
Joseph Sheffey, an employee of New River Community College who serves as chairman of the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors, commented that by attending the event, he will take part in the history of witnessing the inauguration of the first African American person elected as president.
“It’s just a wonderful opportunity,” he said.
Sheffey’s main inspiration for attending this event is actually his wife, Jeannette, who worked for Obama’s presidential campaign.
Jeannette is a woman who is dedicated to the mission of the Democratic party, which is “about the people, all the people,” she said, adding that this inauguration is the closest one has gotten to “being all about the people.” 
Over the years, she has worked on numerous democratic election campaigns, but with this past election, she was able to devote more time to the cause due to the fact that she took an early retirement.
She said that in the months before the election, she spent four nights a week doing phone banks, then campaigned door to door on the weekends, and helped with the organizing of campaign signs.
“It was just a matter of time and effort for a cause I believe in,” she said.
Along with these adults, 73 students from Pulaski County High School will be traveling to Washington D.C. for the inaugural events.
Erin Wigginton, a teacher within the social studies department at PCHS who will be serving as one among seven chaperones, said that the students who are going are either juniors or seniors enrolled in U.S. History or U.S. Government classes at PCHS.
The group was scheduled to leave early this morning, and will return to Pulaski County on Wednesday, she said, noting that over that period of time, they will be visiting museums and attending the inauguration and inaugural parade.
In addition, she said the students will be “bringing their finery,” as they will be attending a mock inaugural ball.
“It should be a big time for us all,” she said. “I know the students are excited.”
 

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Inauguration Bound

On Tuesday, Jan. 20, Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States.
Citizens from across the country will flock to Washington D.C. on Tuesday to witness this monumental event.
Even a few faces from Pulaski County will be seen among the crowd gathered for the inauguration ceremony. 
For example, although he is not a Pulaski County resident, Dr. Tom Brewster, who is more well-known in the community for his role as assistant superintendent of administration for the Pulaski County Public School system, will be in attendance at Tuesday’s inauguration.
“I am excited about the opportunity to be a part of history,” he said, noting that he has never attended an inauguration, but was fortunate enough to receive a ticket this time around.
Also in attendance with Brewster will be his daughter, London, a recent graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, who he said worked for the Obama presidential campaign in Richmond.
“For her, it is the culmination of a journey filled with 16-hour days, late nights, and the canvassing of thousands of homes by phone or in person,” he said.
Brewster also commented that it will be fun to Twitter the day’s activities, and network with others back home via his IPhone during his time in Washington D.C..
Pulaski resident Elizabeth Chitwood, secretary of the Pulaski County Democratic Committee and a senior at Radford University, will also be among the crowd gathered for Obama’s inauguration. 
As an Obama supporter since early 2007 and a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, one could say it only seems natural for Chitwood to be attending the inauguration. 
“I wanted the chance to see every aspect of a presidential election,” she said. 
As for her expectations of the event, Chitwood said she would like to see the local district section at the inauguration “completely packed with people.  So many people want to see history made in person.”
Chitwood said that while in Washington D.C., she will be attending a reception hosted by Congressman Rick Boucher on Monday afternoon, and noted that she actually received her ticket to the inauguration by submitting a request to Boucher. 
Brewster will be attending the same event.
While Joe and Jeannette Sheffey of New River will not be able to attend Boucher’s reception due to a prior engagement, they too received tickets to the inauguration from Boucher, and will be in attendance at Tuesday’s ceremony.
Joseph Sheffey, an employee of New River Community College who serves as chairman of the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors, commented that by attending the event, he will take part in the history of witnessing the inauguration of the first African American person elected as president.
“It’s just a wonderful opportunity,” he said.
Sheffey’s main inspiration for attending this event is actually his wife, Jeannette, who worked for Obama’s presidential campaign.
Jeannette is a woman who is dedicated to the mission of the Democratic party, which is “about the people, all the people,” she said, adding that this inauguration is the closest one has gotten to “being all about the people.” 
Over the years, she has worked on numerous democratic election campaigns, but with this past election, she was able to devote more time to the cause due to the fact that she took an early retirement.
She said that in the months before the election, she spent four nights a week doing phone banks, then campaigned door to door on the weekends, and helped with the organizing of campaign signs.
“It was just a matter of time and effort for a cause I believe in,” she said.
Along with these adults, 73 students from Pulaski County High School will be traveling to Washington D.C. for the inaugural events.
Erin Wigginton, a teacher within the social studies department at PCHS who will be serving as one among seven chaperones, said that the students who are going are either juniors or seniors enrolled in U.S. History or U.S. Government classes at PCHS.
The group was scheduled to leave early this morning, and will return to Pulaski County on Wednesday, she said, noting that over that period of time, they will be visiting museums and attending the inauguration and inaugural parade.
In addition, she said the students will be “bringing their finery,” as they will be attending a mock inaugural ball.
“It should be a big time for us all,” she said. “I know the students are excited.”
 

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