Latest Briefs from RV Parks & Campgrounds
From a news release:
The Fourth Annual Murbles Fest will be April 7 at Bay View Park in Pensacola, Fla.
Murray Kramer, founder and president of Kramer Kreations and creator of the Murbles game, announced that the tournament is limited to 32 players and registration will begin at noon with competition starting at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $10.
The event is BYOB (Bring Your Own Balls).
All contestants will receive a limited edition “MURBLE MAN” T-shirt and a cool bumper sticker. Trophies will be given to the first-, second- and third-place finishers.
For more information contact Kramer at (850) 458-5858.
From CTV News:
It was a record-breaking opening day for campground bookings in provincial parks Monday.
Thousands of campsites were booked through the Manitoba Parks Reservation Service website since opening at 7:30 a.m. April 1.
By 2 p.m. Monday, more than 16,000 reservations had been made, an increase of 18% over the same time last year, said the province.
Most campgrounds will open on May 10. Northern campgrounds and lakeside campgrounds will open May 17, weather permitting.
Last year was a record-breaker for campground reservations as well. Provincial parks saw five million visitors in 2012, and a record 67,500 reservations were made, an increase of 5% over 2011.
From a news release:
The Crean Foundation recently contributed $60,000 toward the RV/MH Hall of Fame's "Burn the Bank Note" Challenge. The donation was ear-marked to honor the memory of Fleetwood Enterprises founder John C. Crean.
According to Hall President Darryl Searer, the goal of the "Burn the Bank Note" challenge is to raise $150,000 in voluntary contributions by April 30 in order to qualify for the Robert “Boots” Ingram family's $50,000 challenge grant that would pay off the Hall's bank note to 1st Source Bank.
The Crean Foundation's donation – along with other contributions – brings the total raised in excess of $120,000, leaving just under $30,000 to be raised before the April 30 deadline.
Other recent contributions include a $10,000 donation by Lyle D. & Nellie R. Reed Charitable Foundation to honor the memory of Clarence Fore, founder of Foretravel; $2,000 by Ace Fogdall RV to honor the memory of its founders Ace & Florence Fogdall; $1,000 by Michael A Schneider, MAS Associates; and numerous other contribution of less than $1,000.
Gifts may be made by mail, in person at the Hall, by phone at 800-378-8694, or through the Hall's secure website, a www.rvmhhalloffame.org.
The U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina announced Monday that numerous campgrounds and recreation sites in the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests are now open for the 2013 season.
From The Associated Press:
Maine state parks officials are starting to accept applications for a raffle for first-time campers.
Forty-four Maine entrants will be randomly chosen to win a free weekend of camping this summer at one of eleven state park campgrounds. The raffle is open only to Maine families and individuals who have never before gone camping. Each winner will get the free use of camping equipment and be supported by park staff.
This year, one of those winners also will be the grand-prize recipient of a $1,000 gift certificate from the program's major sponsor, L.L.Bean.
Raffle applications are available on line and at Maine state parks. They will be accepted until May 31. The random drawing will be held on June 4.
From the St. John Valley Times:
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced Tuesday (April 2) that the winner of its annual Jeffrey Butland Award for 2013 is the Derosier family, owners of Lakeview Restaurant & Camping Resort near St. Agatha.
Lakeview Restaurant & Camping Resort was founded in the early 1980s by the late Carol and Richard Derosier as a small diner, which has since been expanded into a 275-seat restaurant with a staff of 50. In 1995 the Derosier family expanded the business to include a 75-site campground, allowing them to further diversify their business.
Carol lost her battle with cancer on Monday; Dick passed away on Feb. 18, 2012.
Currently, Jennifer Derosier Daigle, Carol and Dick’s daughter, and her husband Jason own and manage the restaurant and campground. The company received technical assistance from the SBA-funded Small Business Development Center at Northern Maine Development Commission, which nominated the family for this award.
The Derosier family will receive this award for the state of Maine and the New England Regional Award. The family will be honored at a luncheon on June 4 at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor.
From KRMG Radio, Tulsa:
The effects of sequestration are beginning to be felt in Oklahoma this time; it's outdoor recreation that will feel the pinch.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District has delayed the official season opening of Corps-operated recreation areas along the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System until at least May.
KRMG news visited with Col. Mike Teague from the Tulsa Corp of engineers Tulsa office., who laid out plans for the parks and other areas affected.
Click here to read the entire story.
From Radio 1130, Vancouver:
The deadline is here, but the Manning Park Resort is still without a buyer. That means apart from the campgrounds and trails, all of Manning Park’s operations will be closed until further notice.
The Bowra Group took over Manning when it went into receivership, but says the resort is no longer a moneymaker.
The advisory group is still hopeful someone will purchase the 40-year-old resort, which would allow it to re-open.
It looks like 15 full time employees will lose their jobs.
From KPBS Radio, Sacramento:
A bill intended to prevent a repeat of last year's California state parks scandal has passed an Assembly committee.
The measure would require department heads at state agencies to sign financial reports under penalty of perjury. It would also require that those reports be posted on agency websites within five days.
Republican Assembly Member Beth Gaines said her bill would ensure that abuses of government funds aren’t hidden or overlooked in the future.
“These actions will provide oversight and help regain the public’s trust that their money is used for its intended purposes,” Gaines said.
Some Democrats raised concerns about the bill’s provision to suspend agency heads without pay if financial reports under their responsibility aren’t submitted within 30 days.
The measure passed on a 7-2 vote, with two Democrats dissenting and two others abstaining. The bill faces a second committee hearing before reaching the Assembly floor.