Campers Help Burned Out Ohio Owner
The Fourth of July at the Tomorrow Stars Resort east of Springfield, Ohio, will be business as usual.
A banjoist will perform. There will be a golf cart parade and ice cream. And no fireworks, according to the Springfield News Sun.
"We never had fireworks here," said Rita Shaffer, manager of the 210-site RV park. "One year we had neighbors start shooting off some big ones. One landed right on one of the awnings. I said, 'Oh this has got to quit.'"
Indeed, fire has been on the minds of the RV park denizens since June 14, when lightning struck a building that served as the park's clubhouse and office and caused a blaze that fully consumed it.
Shaffer lost the office computer and her Rolodex. She keeps what little paper money that was retrieved from a melted safe in a plastic pencil box; most of the bills are charred beyond recognition.
"We're going to take (them) to the bank and see what we can get," Shaffer said, sounding unsure. "I think they say they have to be able to see three-fourths of the serial number on both sides of a bills."
She declined to say whether the park had insurance on the building or how much it will cost to demolish the wreckage. But she said the estimates are a lot higher than she had hoped for.
Four days after the fire, the park got its old phone number back, installed this time at the guard shack at the park entrance instead of at the clubhouse. Smoke still rose from the smoldering wreckage.
And people were chipping in. One camper gave Shaffer a computer. Another gave her a file cabinet and a new Rolodex.