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One-armed softball phenom: Part 2 By Daniel]. Vance MS, LPCC You learned about her accom- to give the glory to God. He gave can do, like tying a shoe. I tell them Last week you read the first of plishments, but not so much her me the ability to play this game. it took me a longtime to learn, but I two columns featuring 17-year- heart. I just want to show him I'm going do it too, but differently," she said. old Katelyn Pavey, a one-armed, In a telephone interview, she to play for him. My favorite Bible Her most memorable game fastpitch softball phenom from advised people born missing a verse is Philippians 4:13. (I can experience occurred two years Lanesville, Ind. You learned she limb, "Never give up and never do all things through Christ who ago while playing rightfield at a made All-Conference her junior say you can't. You can always do strengthens me.) I also credit my softball camp in Kentucky, where year at Lanesville High School, something, you just have to find dad, who's been with me through she threw out a runner at home batted .411, played centerfield, a way. I've said this before to peo- this and helped a lot. He's my big- that had tagged from third. The and was receiving interest from ple, but the words "I can't" are not gest fan and critic and everything." man running the camp literally NAIA to Division 1 college softball used in our household. You can She said little kids often stare stopped the game and ran out onto coaches. She also filled in for her always find a way to do something and sometimes ask what hap- the field to give Pavey a"high five." team as a pitcher in the state tour- if you really want it." pened to her arm. She tells them She added, "Softball is a game nament, helping her team reach Asked about the people behind God made her that way. "They also of failure. You fail more than you eleventh in the state, her success, she said, "First, I want ask me about different things they succeed. That's what life is about. PAGE 13 July 14, 2016 But if you overcome failure, you will be successful, as long as you work for it. If you want to become better and push yourself, you can do anything you want." If you're interested in watching, I've placed a video on my Facebook page of Pavey doing a batting trick. Facebook: Disabilities by Daniel J. Vance. [Sponsored by Blue Valley Sod.] CCC helped millions of unemployed Worked in Forestry Protection and Men in the CCC lived in quasi- Improvement in Minnesota military camps administered By Tom Emery by Army and civilian personnel. Few federal government pro- Camps contained approximately grams today are viewed as effi- 24 buildings, including barracks, cient and popular, with long- a mess hall, infirmary, educa- lasting effects, tional and recreational facili- The Civilian Conservation ties, and administrative quarters. Corps, the enormously success- Men received food, shelter, med- ful Depression-era program of ical care, and $30 per month, $25 Franklin D. Roosevelt's New of which was sent to dependents, Deal, was all that and more. The who welcomed the economic CCC put unemployed, impover- benefit. ished young men to work in for- Wildly popular with the pub- -estry, soil conservation, drainage, lic and politicians alike, enroll- and public parkland. Known for ment in the CCC peaked at 505,782 its quality of work, the imprint of in 1935. The program was par- the CCC remains in parks, forests, ticularly a favorite in northern and farmlands today, including in Minnesota, where unemploy- Minnesota. ment on the Iron Range reportedly "The impact of the CCC across reached 70 percent. Nationally, the nation cannot be under- some 3.5 million men in 4,500 .stated," said James Denny, a camps filled the ranks in the retired historian with the Missouri Corps' existence from 1933-42. Department of Natural Resources Dubbed "Roosevelt's Tree who has extensively studied the Army," CCC camps held approx- .CCC. "The work that the CCC did imately 200 men and were usu- in parks was tremendous, and the ally segregated. The CCC was orig- CCC put people back to work and inally designed for unmarried helped send money home to fami- men ages 18-25 on the relief rolls. lies that needed it. It also got peo- Native Americans, also struggling pie into the great outdoors and economically, were added in April into better surroundings, and gave 1933. The following month, World them something productive to War I veterans were added and do." sent to their own camps, while With the nation's economy in some 14,000 American Indians shambles, Roosevelt spent his first also joined. In Minnesota, the days in office in March 1933 creat- CCC was active on the Dakota and ing a multitude of programs to cre- Ojibwa reservations. ate jobs, including the CCC, whose More than 84,000 Minnesota official name was "Emergency men were enrolled in the CCC, and Conservation Work." On March 21, an annual average of 51 camps Roosevelt sent his plan for the CCC were operated in the state during to Congress, stressing the "moral the Corps' existence. and spiritual value" of conserva- Among other achievements in tion work to "take a vast army of Minnesota, the Corps stocked 275 ... unemployed out into healthful million fish in the state's lakes, surroundings." built 4,500 miles of new roads, Ten days later, Congress strung 3,338 miles of telephone "approved the plan. The first man lines, and constructed 149 fire enrolled in the CCC was Henry lookout towers. Numerous dams Rich in Alexandria, Va. on April and bridges were also built, while .7, 1933, only five weeks after more than 123.6 million new trees Roosevelt's inauguration. By June, were planted. some 253,000 were enrolled across Twelve Minnesota state parks the nation, were also enhanced by CCC work, A panorama of the Civilian Conservation Corps camp near Carlinville, II1., in 1938. Most CCC camps consisted of approximately 24 buildings and housed 200 men. in Great Depression which helped triple park atten- dance statewide. CCC men also worked in bird refuges, on high- way beautification projects, and in tree nurseries, while in southeast- ern Minnesota, soil conservation was emphasized. Today, the CCC is honored with a historic landmark in the Chippewa National Forest near Blackduck, where the former CCC installation at Camp Rabideau has been partially restored. The Corps is also interpreted at the Iron Range Research Center Museum near Chisholm, while statues to the CCC also stand in Gooseberry Falls State Park and Flag of Honor Park in Willmar. Most acknowledge the CCC as a landmark in the conserva- tion movement, and the eco- nomic benefits were felt not only by workers and their families, but in the towns that hosted camps, as supplies were usually purchased locally. The CCC also left an emotional legacy, as many of its alumni never forgot the opportunity the CCC presented. Men gained twelve pounds on average in their first two months in camp, and the spartan barracks, in many cases, were an improvement over previ- ous living conditions. "Many men say that the CCC saved their lives," said Joan Sharpe, President of the Virginia-based CCC Legacy, a national organization of CCC vet- erans and enthusiasts. "The men were so desperate in those times, and many of them were just rid- ing the rails. They all needed the structure and benefits that the CCC provided." An estimated 95 percent of CCC men eventually served in World War II, and many became officers. "They already knew a lot about military life, since the camps were run by military officers," said Sharpe. "When the war came, they put their CCC experience to good use." Among them was Andy Kmetz, a son of Slavic immigrants from Girard, Ill. who eventually rose to lieutenant colonel in the Air Force before a successful career in soil and water conservation, skills he had acquired in the CCC. He became a tireless promoter of the CCC legacy until his death in 1995. "The CCC was a way for him to help his parents in a difficult time," said Kmetz' daughter, Joni Mack of Moline, Ill. "He was so proud of everything he did in the CCC. He felt like we could all learn from, and appreciate, what the CCC did for so many young men in that time." Historical researcher Tom Emery of Carlinville, Ill. has cre- ated a short photohistory of the CCC that sells for $12.95 post- paid. He may be reached at (217) 710-8392, or ilcivilwar@yahoo. com. Men stand and wait in a field serving line during a day's work in the Civilian Conservation Corps near Carlinville, Ill. The CCC provided unemployed young men with $30 per month with food, shelter, and medical care during the Depression. Men relax in the camp library at the Civilian Conservation Corps camp near Carlinville, lUs. Note the portrait of President Roosevelt. The CCC was part of Roosevelt's New Deal plan to help America recover from the effects of the Depression. Men relax in the barracks of the Civilian Conservation Corps camp near Carlinville, II1. The CCC offered quasi-military living, including spartan barracks, a mess hall, infirmary, and recreation facilities. Submitted photos.