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SUBMITTED Mena Art Gallery Offering Two Reception for Young Artists’ Exhibit Art G allery will hold a reception Children’s Art Classes Mena for the work of young artists on Sat-

Due to their Children’s Art Class continuing to grow, Mena Art allery will now be offering two classes. The second Saturday of each month will be reserved for ages 0 and up, and the third Saturday of each month will be for ages . The cost is per child. Please call the gallery at 0 to sign up.

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urday, April 8, from 1 to 3 pm. Awards will be presented at 2 pm. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with so many talented young people. Some are from local art classes; some are home schooled or entering their work independently, but all show an amazi ng level of creativity. They also work in a variety of media: drawing, painting, and three-dimensional work. Support for this show has been provided by local businesses: Mena Title Company and McD onald' s of Mena. We at the gallery greatly appreciate their support, which makes this show possible and contributes to the growth of tomorrow' s artists. Please mark your calendar so that you don' t miss this opportunity to see what our young people have accomplished and to meet many of them. They are our future!

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T he C C C - P rou dH eri t age & CONTRIBUTED BY JEFF OLSON • olson0371@gmail.com

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Moments from America’s History:

January 6, 2016

uring many years of work in natural resources inventory and protection, I traveled countless miles and acres over a variety of lands and waters, and in all seasons of the year. n this memorable ourney saw first-hand not only some of man s neglect and disregard of our natural resources, but also much of what he has restored, preserved and impacted for good. When I drove U .S. Highway 7 north of Hot Springs in the course of my work, I always enj oyed seeing areas along that route which are a part of America' s ( and Arkansas' s) rich conservation heritage. Among these reminders of our history are the sites of Civilian Conservation Corps ( CCC) camps and other facilities, some of which are still serving us. D uring the G reat D epression of the 1930s, the federal government under President Franklin Roosevelt' s administration implemented a number of programs to improve the nations edgling economy. ne of these was the CCC, which was first proposed in March 1933 by the President under the authority of the Emergency Conservation ork (EC ) Act, as part of his ew eal program. Eighty-four years ago this week, April , 1933, President oosevelt issued Executive rder 101 which officially established the CCC as an agency. The CCC provided employment for young unmarried men from families on public relief roles, while at the same time addressing the nation' s natural resource conservation needs. Enrollees also included veterans of orld ar , ative Americans, and African Americans. ocal experienced men, called EMs, were chosen to provide the needed expertise in specific fields, particularly those areas related to conservation and construction. CCC j obs were directly related to the conservation and development of natural resources in rural lands owned by federal, state, and local governments. To participate, young men had to be between the ages of 18 and 2 and in good health. They were provided shelter, food, and clothing and payed 30 per month, 2 of which had to be sent home to their families. Enlistment was for a duration of six months, although many re-enlisted after their allotted time was up. Camps were supervised by reserve officers from the .S. Army. CCC workers performed over 100 types of work, including planting trees, fighting forest fires, constructing roads, trails, recreation areas, cabins, lodges, amphitheaters, and bathhouses in forests and parks, building dams to control ooding and observation towers for forest fire detection, and running telephone lines. Maximum enrollment peaked at over 00,000 in over 2, 00 camps in 193 and during the life of the program over 2. million men participated. The first CCC camp in Arkansas was established here in Polk County at Eagleton, and the first campsite occupied in the state was at Crystal Springs. By the mid-1930s, there were up to camps in Arkansas, employing 13,000 men. D uring the nine years of its operation, CCC accomplishments included planting nearly 3 billion trees, constructing more than 800 parks, building 28,000 miles of hiking trails and ,000 bridges, running ,000 miles of telephone lines, and improving most state parks. n addition to all of the conservation work done on the ground, theJanuary CCC led to 6,a2016 greater public awareness and appreciation of the great outdoors and America s natural resources - all of which live on to this day. The CCC ceased field operations as of une 30, 19 2 and was officially terminated in 19 3 due mainly to the re-direction of people and resources needed for orld ar . However, remnants of its impressive achievements are still with us today, and much of their handiwork is still in operation to the benefit of our en oyment and the continuation of our proud heritage. n our own back yard, in the uachita ational Forest and in other parts of estern Arkansas, we still en oy the fruits of CCC labor in recreation areas and campgrounds such as Shady ake, Bard Springs, Charlton, Collier Springs, ron Springs, and Cedar ake; numerous picnic areas, hiking trails, and scenic overlooks such as Sugar Creek Vista; and Arkansas state parks such as evil s en, Petit ean, and ake Catherine. So, on our next trip to the national forest or state park, or other place where the CCC left its legacy, what do you say we pause for a moment and remember, with gratitude and respect, those young Americans who gave their prime to make the beauty of G od' s creation a more special place for you and I and our families to enj oy, care for, and pass on to posterity.

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