Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Rhode Island State beaches to open for summer

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management officials announced that most state beaches will open daily starting Memorial Day weekend. They operate from 9 am to 6 pm.

Two exceptions are World War Two Memorial State Park in Woonsocket and the Burlington picnic area and campground in Charlestown. Those facilities will be open only on the weekends until June 17th. After that, they´┐Żll be open daily until Labor Day.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Utah Campground Closed Because of Plague

A campground at Natural Bridges National Monument has been closed because of bubonic plague detected among field mice and chipmunks.

Plague also has been found this spring in rodent populations at Mesa Verde National Park and Colorado National Monument.

National Park Service officials said there never has been a reported human case of bubonic plague originating from the parks or national monuments. Full Story...

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Monday, May 15, 2006

Blown Tire Sparks RV Fire

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Ben Weaver was helping a stranded motorist on southbound Interstate 275 when he heard a loud boom about 11 a.m. Sunday.

He looked across to the northbound lanes and saw a motor home with a blown right-front tire inching toward the shoulder, just north of the Busch Boulevard exit. Sparks spun from the rim. Flames engulfed the tire by the time the driver, Mac McLaughlin, stopped the motor home. Full Story...


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Monday, May 01, 2006

Campgrounds blame high gas prices for slump in business

Vacationers are feeling pains at the gas pump just like the rest of us. Now local campgrounds are reporting a slump in business.

The owners say it could have a negative effect on the local economy.

Fewer families are visiting the Tuckaleechee Campgrounds in Townsend, KY than this same time last year.

"We've had a lot of cancellations. The ones that would come like from Illinois, somewhere like that, right now we don't have them," campground manager Nadine Lindsey explained. Full Story...

Industry says "RV" overall puts good RVing in good light.

The film "RV," sends a good message about the business that drives a large part of Elkhart County's economy, industry experts said.

Mostly.

"The RV industry didn't make the movie, Hollywood did, so you're going to see over-the-top situations," said Phil Ingrassia, vice president of communications for the National RV Dealers Association in Fairfax, Va.

Sure, it reinforces some stereotypes about the people who drive RVs, "but when you clear all that away, you get some real good family bonding messages," he said. Full Story...

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