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Datebook: May 19 – First national park service established 100 years ago

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Parks Canada was established on May 19, 1911, as the Dominion Parks Branch under the Department of the Interior, becoming the world’s first national park service. Parks Canada is mandated to protect and present nationally significant natural and cultural heritage, and foster public understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment in ways that ensure their ecological and commemorative integrity for present and future generations. The system currently manages 42 National Parks (including seven National Park Reserves), four National Marine Conservation Areas, one National Landmark, and 167 National Historic Sites. Read more about Parks Canada on their official website.

Here’s Datebook for Thursday, May 19

Saturday’s Make a Difference Recycling Day in Murray at Roy Stewart Stadium from 9 to 1. Bring paper and cardboard, eyeglasses, aluminum cans, cell phones, ink jet cartridges, clothes, plastics, tin cans, glass, used motor oil, batteries, and books. Law enforcement agencies are collecting outdated medicines.

Families and friends of Oak Grove Cemetery on Park Avenue in Paducah are invited to spruce up the grave-sites from 9 to 2 Saturday. There will be assistance in re-leveling and plumbing headstones. They need help with landscape work, filling in low spots and up-righting fallen monuments in the burial ground established in the mid-nineteenth century.

The Glema Center Youth Chorale makes its debut performance Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts at Madisonville Community College. It’s part of the Madisonville North Hopkins High School Choral Spring Concert, which is free to all.

Thank you for being an advocate for public radio. Follow conversations in Washington about funding public radio through 170millionamericans.org. There’s a click at wkms.org.

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