Sacred Heart celebrates Cinco de Mayo

The annual Cinco de Mayo celebration at Sacred Heart Catholic Church was held Sunday, featuring dancing, music and food.

Carterville Spring Pop Up

A variety of vendors will be set up from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Carterville’s Comet Park for a Spring Pop Up Event.

Vendors scheduled to attend include:

  • Nikki Stettes-Scentsy
  • Rustic Country Boutique
  • Embroidered Towels by Sue
  • Pepper Ridge Hot Sauce
  • S&M Crafty Creations
  • Cosmo Hats & Shirts
  • Aunt Andie’s Kitchen
  • Dogs on the Route
  • Nails That Stay with Casey Rene
  • The Memory Spot
  • *W. H.Farm Feed Wagon
  • Country Cactus Designs

There will be rummage booths in a separate area of the park.

All proceeds from booth rental and concessions will go to the Carterville Park Committee. For more information, visit the city’s Community Bulletin Board.

Lifeguards needed to open Joplin pools

As summer approaches, Joplin Parks and Recreation is actively working to open pools this summer. The pool lines and pumps have been checked, the pool amenities are ready, and the deck chairs and canopies are in place.

But the most difficult challenge they’re facing is hiring 90 lifeguards. To date, the department has only received 14 applications and a minimum of 30 is needed just to open Cunningham Pool.

Joplin is not alone in this staffing challenge. According to the American Lifeguard Association, last year’s lifeguard shortage kept about a third of the 309,000 public swimming pools closed or opened sporadically.

“Lifeguards are essential workers in the parks and rec field and to the community,” says Director Paul Bloomberg. “Without them, we can’t open a pool, and we don’t want that to happen and I’m sure the citizens don’t either.”

He’s encouraging people of all ages to consider lifeguarding – not teenagers.

As seasonal City employees, lifeguards earn $10.71 per hour for the first year. As returning lifeguards, staff could see an increase in their hourly rate. “In the past, we’ve had lifeguards work for us for five or six years, but that’s not the case anymore,” says Bloomberg. “They either have additional school commitments or seek other job opportunities that can offer higher pay. This makes our planning difficult because we aren’t sure of the number of guards we’ll have for the summer. This year is more of a challenge because many businesses are hiring and can pay more than a municipal pool job can.”

He notes that the city does offer flexible schedules and works around other commitments, which could help if someone makes lifeguarding their second job on a part-time basis.

The goal is to hire 60 lifeguards to open Schifferdecker Pool, with the hope of hiring enough lifeguards to open Cunningham Pool as well.

This year’s opening date has been moved to Friday, June 2, because Joplin schools are dismissing right before Memorial Day. This is later than usual and does not allow for the time needed to conduct specific lifeguard facility training before the holiday.

To learn more about working as a lifeguard, apply at the Human Resources Department at Joplin City Hall located at 602 S. Main St. or online at www.joplinmo.org/jobs. Applicants need to be 16 years of age by the first day on the job.

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