Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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NEWS AND NOTES
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks (CA) Annual Trek To Nation's Christmas Tree Held
Over 200 people participated in the annual Trek to the Nation’s Christmas Tree ceremony at the General Grant Tree in Kings Canyon National Park on the afternoon of Sunday, December 8th.
President Calvin Coolidge designated the General Grant as the Nation's Christmas Tree in 1926.
The event, which was sponsored by the Sanger District Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the National Park Service, included performances by the Jubilation Singers and Sanger High School Choir and a non-denominational holiday message.
During the ceremony, Acting Superintendent Colleen Bathe spoke about the tree’s role as a national shrine in memory of the men and women of the armed forces who have served, fought, and died to keep America free.
A memorial wreath was placed at the base of the General Grant Tree during the ceremony.
[Submitted by Dana M. Dierkes, Public Affairs Specialist ]
Northeast Region Mary Pearson-Cooper To Retire
Mary Pearson-Cooper, deputy comptroller for Northeast Region, will retire at the end of this year following 43 years with the federal government, 18 of those years with the National Park Service.
“Mary has been a tremendous asset to the National Park Service and to the regional comptroller’s office in particular,” said Northeast Region Comptroller Alexa Molnar. “My consolation is that, although I am losing our deputy, I will always have a lifelong friend.”
Cooper began her career with the Department of Justice in Washington D.C. Following her tour at DOJ, she was employed by the Department of the Interior for 10 years, originally in Washington, D.C., and then in Philadelphia. She then worked for the Department of the Navy for an additional 13 years before taking a job with the NPS at Independence National Historical Park in 1995.
In 2001, Cooper came to Northeast Regional Office as a budget analyst, and in 2003 became deputy comptroller for the region.
“It has been an honor and a pleasure to work for the National Park Service," said Cooper. "I have met and worked with a great group of people and I am grateful for the time that we worked together.”
In 2009, Cooper and her daughter Tomica, who also works for Northeast Region in the Central Major Acquisition and Buying Office, returned to college. Together, they graduated from Wesley College in Dover, Delaware, with associate of science in business administration degrees in December, 2011. More recently, they continued their studies as Wesley College and expect to graduate with additional bachelor of science in business administration degrees in May, 2014.
Upon retirement, Cooper and her husband Russell will relax at their home in New Castle, Delaware. They will continue to spend time with their family and friends. Cooper and her husband also plan to enjoy more trips on the motorcycle.
[Submitted by Lorin Diaz, email@example.com, 215-597-1782]
Northeast Region Lorena Harris Selected As Ranger Services Branch Chief
Lorena Harris has been selected as the new branch chief for law enforcement and emergency operations for Northeast Region. She began her new position on December 1st.
Harris has served as the chief ranger of the St. Croix National Park Group on the island of St Croix, US Virgin Islands, for the past five years. As chief ranger there, Harris oversaw all law enforcement operations on St. Croix, the largest of the four islands in the U.S. Virgin Islands. St. Croix is home to three park units -- Salt River, which protects a diverse ecosystem in addition to pre-historic ruins, Buck Island, with its stunning marine gardens, and five historic structures in Christiansted that give visitors a look into Danish colonial way of life.
“I am happy to be returning to the northeast and excited to be closer to family” shared Harris. “I’ve missed the area, although I am not excited about the cold winters, I am eager to work with new people and old friends.”
Harris has a long history with the National Park Service. She began her career as a seasonal employee in the early 80s at Manhattan Sites in New York City. She also worked as a protection ranger at Great Smoky Mountains National Park for 12 years and held several positions in the national parks in the New York City area, including Hamilton Grange, Federal Hall, and the Statue of Liberty.
In her new regional position, Harris will provide guidance on sensitive, and potentially dangerous, issues to park superintendents and chief rangers. The position requires a fair amount of traveling to provide hands-on support and training. Harris also hopes this position will offer the opportunity for her to receive more training and certifications, to provide additional support to law enforcement and emergency operations.
[Submitted by Lorin Diaz, firstname.lastname@example.org, 215-597-1782]
Denver Service Center Richard Silva Announces Retirement
Richard Silva will be retiring on January 3rd after more than 33 years of government service, 29 of those years with the Denver Service Center.
Richard started his career in 1980 with the Forest Service in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Then in 1981, he moved to Denver with the Western Area Power Administration and worked on the design of high voltage electrical towers and substation structures. Seeking a little more variety, he transferred to DSC in 1984.
Richard worked as a structural engineer on the Western Team, then became the quality leader for the Structural Engineering Group in 1995. Since 1998, he has been the NPS seismic safety program manager. Richard has had the opportunity to work on an array of projects, including WWII concrete bunkers on Guam and Saipan, the USS Arizona Memorial, mule barns at Phantom Ranch in Grand Canyon, mining buildings in Alaska, sugar mills in the Virgin Islands, and the Statue of Liberty, the Washington Monument, the White House.
“After nearly 250 trips and 170 park units later, I got the variety I was seeking and it has been a truly rewarding career," he says. "I have worked with a number of great A/E firms and contractors over the years, but none compare to the talented folks I have had the opportunity to work with at the parks, regions, WASO, and especially at DSC. All those experiences have been great and working with all those wonderful people has been incredible, and I want to thank all those people that helped me along the way."
Richard’s wife Sandra will also be retiring after 30 years with the Fish and Wildlife Service. They will stay in the Littleton, Colorado, area, where they plan to do volunteer work, recreational activities, home projects, travel, and just relax.
[Submitted by Lindy Allen, email@example.com, (303) 969-2588]
Saratoga National Historical Park (NY) Trophy Cannon Returned To Battlefield
The last of three known surviving brass six-pound cannons from British General Burgoyne’s artillery train in the Battle of Saratoga, missing for more than 50 years, has been returned to the battlefield.
Three surviving British brass six-pound cannons from the Battles of Saratoga were known to exist. Two had known locations -- one was in Ohio, the other in Illinois. The third had been missing for over 50 years.
In 2008, with the Ohio cannon on loan to Saratoga National Historical Park, Ranger Joe Craig overheard a visitor comment about seeing a cannon “just like this one” in a private museum in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. That began a four-year quest by Park Curator Christine Valosin to research the cannon and establish critical connections with several outside agencies, including the Department of the Army.
The park management team under Christine’s lead then worked to bring the cannon ‘home’ to where it was surrendered. This odyssey culminated on Friday, November 15th, with an unveiling ceremony in the park.
Surrendered to American forces after the Battles of Saratoga in 1777, along with the rest of Burgoyne’s artillery, the cannon is believed to have been used by the United States Army during the remainder of the American Revolution and possibly in the War of 1812. By the early 20th century the cannon was on display in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, site of the 1776 Battle of Long Island.
Purchased in the 1970s by what is now known as the Westervelt Company, it was exhibited in Alabama’s Tuscaloosa Museum of Art. In a recent partnered agreement between the Tuscaloosa Museum of Art, Westervelt Company and the U.S. Army, the cannon was returned to the U.S. Army with their approval to place it on long-term display at Saratoga National Historical Park.
[Submitted by Chris Valosin, firstname.lastname@example.org, 518-670-2953]
Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters NHS - MA Holiday Open House Brings Seasonal Cheer To Cambridge
People were naturally curious while walking down busy Brattle Street on Thursday and Friday evening, drawn by the luminaries artfully arranged in front of Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site. Those who followed the illuminated path were welcomed to the site’s holiday open house, an annual tradition that has quickly become a community favorite.
On December 5th and 6th, Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters NHS opened its doors for visitors to step back in time to experience a Victorian Christmas in the festively-decorated Brattle Street mansion.
In addition to the seasonal decor, visitors were able to see holiday-related objects from the site’s museum collection that are not normally on display, including toys, a sleigh, and letters that the Longfellow children wrote to Santa (along with some of his replies). For many, the highlight of the evening was the carols sung in the library by re-enactor and musician Diane Taraz.
Meanwhile, kids of all ages participated in crafts and other activities in the historic Longfellow carriage house. In much the same manner as 19th century households, visitors created their own decorations to adorn their homes during the holiday season. Guests also enjoyed refreshments of cookies, candy, popcorn, apple cider and hot chocolate.
Employees from John Fitzgerald Kennedy NHS and Fredrick Law Olmsted NHS assisted with the festivities. More than 500 visitors enjoyed the grounds and carriage house and over 300 of those toured the home over the two evenings.
[Submitted by Rick Jenkins]
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (AZ,UT) GS-0018-12 Safety And Occupational Health/EMS Manager
Glen Canyon is seeking candidates for a position as safety and occupational health manager.
Click on the link below for a copy of the announcement with full details on duties, area information, and procedures for applying.
Contact Superintendent Todd Brindle for more information at 928-608-6210.
It closes on January 6th.
Denali National Park & Preserve (AK)
GS-0025-13 Chief Of Interpretation
Dates: 12/06/2013 - 12/27/2013
Denali National Park and Preserve has issued an announcement for a chief of interpretation.
With just over 6 million acres, Denali is one of the largest national parks in the United States. The park includes North America's highest mountain, 20,320-foot tall Mount McKinley, and a designated wilderness area. It is also an international biosphere reserve.
Click on the link below for a copy of the announcement with full details on duties, area information, and procedures for applying. It closes on December 27th.
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