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May 17, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

 

Richard Curtin, forecaster for the RVIA

WASHINGTON, D.C.

From RVIA Today Express:

Richard Curtin, director of the Consumer Research Center at the University of Michigan, will provide the initial outlook for RV wholesale shipments in 2014 during remarks at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association's (RVIA) Committee Week at the Joint Committee Luncheon, taking place from 12 noon – 1:30 p.m. on Monday, June 3.

His presentation will also include the latest projections for year-end 2013 totals and an examination of the general economic climate.

Curtin authors RVIA’s RV Roadsigns, the association’s quarterly forecasting newsletter and has directed RVIA’s RV consumer demographic research since 1980.

RVIA’s Committee Week 2013 will take place from June 2 – 6 at the Mayflower Renaissance Washington in Washington, D.C. Over the course of the five-day event, standing committees, the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors will meet to set the association’s plans for the upcoming fiscal year. The Go RVing Coalition will also meet on Monday, June 3. The event concludes with the Board of Directors meeting on June 6 where committee recommendations are reviewed.

For more information about Committee Week, contact Doreen Cashion in the Meetings and Shows Department at (703) 620-6003 (ext. 324) ordcashion@rvia.org.

MISSOURI

From the Maryville Daily Forum:

A gift from a local nursery operation is making things a little greener this spring at Mozingo Lake Recreation Park.

Mozingo Park Manager Grant Evans and his crew have spent the past few days planting about 40 oaks and sugar maples donated to the 3,000-acre recreation area by Don Hollingsworth, who operates Hollingsworth Peonies southeast of Maryville.

Evans said Hollingsworth delivered the saplings after digging them up to make room for additional horticultural projects at the commercial flower farm.

It was a welcome gift, he said, since increasing the tree count at the city-owned lake is a stated goal but one that, at least for now, isn't supported by a lot of funding.

MANITOBA

From the Winnipeg Sun:

Roughing it in the great outdoors now comes with access to wireless networks.

As the camping season gets underway, the province announced three Wi-Fi hotspots had been installed at Winnipeg Beach Provincial Park, with nine new hotspots coming online in the next two weeks at Birds Hill and Falcon Beach. Campers will receive passwords and coverage maps when they check in at campground offices, provincial officials said.

That isn’t the only improvements the province has made to campgrounds this year. Washrooms and showers have been upgraded at Birds Hill, Hnausa, Rainbow Beach, and Manipogo provincial parks, while six new yurts have been built at Childs Lake Provincial Park.

COLORADO

From Fox 32, Denver:

Colorado’s newest state park, Straunton State Park, will open to the public this weekend.

The park is of U.S. 285 near Evergreen. It’s a 1,720-acre stretch of rocky outcroppings, grassy valleys and historic cabins.

The land was previously owned by physician Frances Staunton, who gave the land to the state decades ago.

“Our grand opening is the culmination of years of planning and development by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, in partnership with many organizations and individuals,” Staunton State Park manager Jennifer Anderson said in a news release.

“This park is her legacy,” Anderson said. “As her beneficiaries, we have the opportunity to enjoy and care for the landscape she treasured.”

The park opening includes several activities for children and families including fishing demons and a live raptor display.

NORTH DAKOTA

From the Minot Daily News:

Not even late ice or low water could keep North Dakota's state parks from their official opening day this week. The parks are operational on a limited basis all year round, but summer hook-ups and facilities aren't brought on line until the weather permits. This year it almost didn't.

"Late ice started to make things a little antsy," said Gordon Weixel, state parks spokesman. "Then it got real warm out. Last Thursday Lake Metigoshe was still covered in ice."

The ice left Lake Metigoshe Tuesday (May 14), just in time for the official summer opening of Lake Metigoshe State Park. A similar situation existed at Graham's Island State Park at Devils Lake. Ice there disappeared just in time to install boat docks on Wednesday.

"There was a little bit of complaining, but everybody's pretty happy right now," said Weixel.

Click here to read the entire story.

VIRGINIA

From WTVR-TV, Richmond:

Edwin Barry Hughes, a camper at  Bush Park Camp Resort in Middlesex County, died following a dance at the campground Saturday night (May 11).

Sheriff David Bushey told CBS 6 News that Hughes got into a fight with a security guard after the dance. Sheriff Bushey said when his officers got to the scene they found a breathing, but unresponsive Hughes on the ground next to a guard shack. He was put in an ambulance to be taken to the Walter Reed Hospital in Gloucester, but died on the way there.

“This is still an ongoing investigation and our guys are still running down leads, interviewing people in and out of the area,” Major Mickey Sampson explained.

The resort's manager alleged Hughes had been drinking and when he left the campground driving a golf cart with no headlights on, a security guard stopped him for it.

The manager claimed Hughes charged the security guard, who then radioed the others who were near the front entrance. At the gate by that entrance is where the rest of the story gets murky.

Investigators are now waiting on the Medical Examiner’s office to declare a cause of death.

 

 

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