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Park Recruits 2009 YCC Applicants

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Date: May 1, 2009
Contact: Charles Masten, Facility Manager, (906) 337-1104 ext. 120

(Calumet, MI) Facility Manager Charles Masten has announced that area young people will share in a summer work opportunity offered through the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program, administered by Keweenaw National Historical Park, in Calumet, Michigan. Applications are being distributed to area high schools for students between the ages of 15 and 18 interested in applying for the popular YCC program. There are no income restrictions for this youth employment program.

The Youth Conservation Corps, a nationwide federal program for young people, administered by the National Park Service, provides opportunities to contribute to the conservation of our national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges through a combined work and environmental/cultural education program.

The young people will work with National Park Service professionals on conservation and cultural heritage related projects such as trail and roadside maintenance, vegetation removal, historic stone ruins stabilization, and other facility repair and clean-up projects.

The Keweenaw National Historical Park YCC program will run eight (8) weeks from June 15 to August 7, 2009. YCC enrollees will work a 40-hour week and receive $7.40 per hour. Five positions are expected to be filled and are selected from among all area youth submitting applications either in-person to the Keweenaw National Historical Park headquarters at the corner of Hwy. US-41 and Red Jacket Road in Calumet, or by mail to Keweenaw National Historical Park, ATTN: YCC, 25970 Red Jacket Road, Calumet, MI  49913.

 The deadline for submitting applications is close of business (5:00 p.m.) May 22, 2009. Selections of YCC enrollees are made by random drawing by Human Resources personnel. The drawing and notification of selected employees will take place during the week of May 25, 2009. The names of five alternates will also be drawn for the program, and will be used to fill positions if any of the original selected YCC enrollees decline a position.

Questions about the YCC work program may be directed to Keweenaw National Historical Park YCC program director Charles Masten at (906) 337-1104, ext. 120

Did You Know?

A small memorial park in Calumet, Michigan where the Italian Hall once stood is for the 74 people killed in a stampede on Dec. 24, 1913.

Woody Guthrie's song "1913 Massacre" brought attention to a tragedy that occurred in Calumet, Michigan on December 24, 1913 during a bitter copper miner's strike. Reports claim that a shout of fire caused panic at a party at the Italian Hall. 73 people died in the stampede down the steep stairway.