Latest Briefs from RV Parks and Campgrounds
From the Statehouse File, Indianapolis:
Former Indiana Gov. Otis Bowen, who died May 4 at age 95, was remembered for making “major improvements to state park facilities, development of a statewide emergency medical services system, and adoption of a medical malpractice law that was destined to become a national model,” according to the state archives.
He opened five state parks – including Indiana’s first urban state park – during his terms as governor.
A physician and the state’s first modern-day governor to serve two terms (1973 to 1981), the Republican also served as secretary of the U.S. Health and Human Services agency under then-President Ronald Reagan.
“Gov. Otis R. Bowen’s contributions to the life of this state and nation are incalculable, and I mark his passing with a sense of personal loss,” Gov. Mike Pence said in a statement. “His story is as inspiring as it is uniquely Hoosier.”
Bowen served 14 years in the Indiana House and served four sessions as the chamber’s speaker, according to the Indiana State Archives. In a book about his life published in 2000, Bowen said his time in the legislature left him infected with the incurable disease called public service.
From the Journal News, White Plains:
Weeds, garbage and bare, patchy public lawns got attention Saturday (May 4) across New York as volunteers turned out by the thousands to refurbish the state’s parks.
The second annual I Love My Park event, held at 75 parks and historic places statewide, was expected to draw nearly 5,000 volunteers to clean and fix up local green spaces, including those in Rockland, Westchester and Putnam. Even Gov. Andrew Cuomo showed up in jeans to try his hand at building picnic tables at Yorktown Heights’ Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park.
“Volunteers are integral for all operations and support of the parks. New York State has a long legacy of volunteerism,” said Rose Harvey, the state’s Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation, who also was at FDR Park on Saturday. “We live in an urban and sedentary society. Parks are a connection between the land and people, between the environment and people.”
Chris Nielsen, park manager for Rockland Lake and Nyack Beach state parks, said the helping hands were “hugely important,” as he pointed out the sticks, downed branches and tangled raspberry vines that needed to be removed.
“Something like this we may not be able to get to and with the additional help, this (area) could be nice and the grass could be able to grow up through,” he said. “When we’re low on staff, some of these lesser jobs get overlooked.”
From The Leaf Chronicle, Clarksville:
Dexter Romweber is a cult hero among lovers of rockabilly music — including fan Jack White of The White Stripes. Like his favorite musician, Jerry Lee Lewis, Romweber channels the raw energy of rock-and-roll’s formative years, snarling and crooning in equal measure.
Now the famous rockabilly singer and guitarist will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. Saturday (May 11) during the Muddy Roots Spring Weekender. The festival begins at 2 p.m. Friday, May 10, heralding dozens of bands that will play at the Red River Campgrounds in nearby Adams, Tenn.
Romweber, one of the founding members of the North Carolina rockabilly band the Flat Duo Jets, now plays with his sister Sara Romweber on drums in the Dex Romweber Duo.
From the Redding Searchlight:
This past week, hundreds of teardrop trailer enthusiasts gathered at Antlers RV Park and Campgrounds.
It was the 20th anniversary of Dam Gathering of the Tears, an event that started at a small campground near Shasta Dam in the early 1990s. Then, a handful of teardrop trailer owners gathered to share tips, stories and get to know one another better.
As the event grew, it moved to Antlers, where this weekend as many as 150 trailers pulled into the campgrounds for a five-day fest that winds up today.
Participants watched a teardrop trailer being built from the ground up. They competed in cooking competitions, shared food in a chili feed and potluck, and listened to live music. Campers took hayrides Friday and Saturday, and a couple even got hitched at the event on Saturday afternoon.