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Retirees are Turning to Volunteering at the Soo Locks

Many retirees turn to volunteering to pass time while helping others, or helping out a cause.

For one couple, connecting with community means traveling across the country to serve with the Army Corps of Engineers.

David and Mary Lynne Clark live in Alabama. 

Last fall, they volunteered at the WP Franklin Lock in Florida.

They say one of the most exciting parts about that lock was seeing manatee’s that would “wait their turn” to lock through the system.

That lock only drops or raises 3 feet.

This summer, the Clarks are volunteering in Sault Ste. Marie and the much bigger Soo Locks where the boats drop, or rise, 21 feet.

With the biggest freighters in the Great Lakes passing through, tourists have a lot of questions.

That’s where David and Mary Lynne come in.

The Clarks camp for free at a local city campground as part of the volunteer program.

If you would like more information on volunteer opportunities with the Army Corps of Engineers,