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3 June 2005 - 5:16pm
... knowing, but not telling.
A burden, I tells ya!
Our '06 announcement will be made in the coming weeks (I'll let you know the date as soon as I have it) and some folks are getting antsy.
One fellow got so testy with me the other day, I was tempted to ask if it was "finals week."
That probably would not have helped.
It's time to set the record straight regarding the budget for the expansion project.
Now this isn't the final number, but a working figure.
It's $13.5 million.
Quick! Someone bring the smelling salts. Mrs. Koch just keeled over.
Someone once asked her if her heart pounded the day she rode The Raven.
"Not nearly as hard as when I signed the note with the bank."
And that was a decade ago. The Raven cost $2 million.
The Legend was $3 million in 2000; that where WTVW-TV came up with the "four times any other project" statement.
Thus concludes this week's HoliBlog Hint.
Please check back in a week for the answer to the following question:
Is the expansion for Holiday World?
Or Splashin' Safari?
3 June 2005 - 5:16pm
If you're a faithful reader, you already know what a close relationship we have with the children, staff, and other supporters of the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center.
Their smiles and laughter are more than enough thanks. The letters and coloring pages they send are a sweet bonus.
And last night, they humbled us at the annual Easter Seals Tribute Dinner by presenting Mrs. Koch with the "Creating Solutions, Changing Lives" Award.
This photo says it all, doesn't it:
Plaques can be a dime a dozen, but this framed photo will leave a lasting impression on the hearts of all who see it. Just look at those happy little hams!
The folks at Fifth Third Bank were also honored for their tremendous support of children and adults with disabilities in the tri-state area.
And so were the Thompson twins. Emilie and Kaitlin Thompson are the incredible young women who, a decade ago, decided to give back to the Rehab Center by holding their own fundraiser. Their LemonAid Stand has raised money and awareness over the years.
It was an evening filled with laughter, tears, and black olives (Mrs. Koch picked mine out of my Greek salad before Rachel or Lori could get them).
We'll always treasure the lessons of love, determination and strength the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center families and staff have taught us.
2 June 2005 - 5:16pm
All summer long, we get emails from folks who were at the park and wondered about some cabins they think they saw through the trees back by The Legend's spiral drop.
Those cabins are part of Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort.
Here's an interesting bit of background from Dave, their marketing director:
Lake Rudolph’s main office was the original Koch family home. The main lobby was once the bedroom of Lake Rudolph's owner, Philip Koch. The marketing office is the old dining room. We have a call center in what used to be the girls' bedroom. And, the general manager’s office was once the master bedroom. Every time Mrs. Koch stops by, she cries, “What have you done to my house?” We’ve made so many changes to the house that it only vaguely resembles its former self, but the memories of Bill and Pat Koch and their five growing children are still very much alive.
Here's the home/office Dave just described:
Intrigued? Stop by this Saturday between noon and 2:00 pm CDT if you'd like to take a Resort tour. Their Open House will include a look around one of the new king-size rental RVs. Free hotdogs, too.
This rental RV thing is a great concept, as are the cabins.
Here are some numbers from Dave: Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort also features more than 200 full-hookup RV sites (water, electric, & sewer), 45 Deluxe RV sites with concrete pads and patios, 40 tent sites with water & electric, 141 family rental RVs...
...19 cabins, and amenities including: 2 swimming pools & kiddie pool, 2 basketball courts, playgrounds, 2 miniature golf courses, fishing lake with paddleboat and rowboat rentals, 72 rental golf cars, beach volleyball, game room, horseshoe pits, camp store, 4 modern air-conditioned bathhouses, 2 laundromats, outdoor pavilion, Free Holiday World shuttle, and more.
What, Dave? No partridge in a pear tree?
1 June 2005 - 5:16pm
It's so frustrating when a supplier is late.
But sometimes it happens and there's nothing you can do about it.
Except to maybe whine a little.
The new fountain still awaits lights.
Until the lights arrive and are installed, the well is dry.
Dry as a bone.
Dry as a ... wishbone?
Happily, folks still seem to enjoy the fountain.
They approach it with a curious look on their faces, glance in, look around, comment to one another about the town's water supply, and then move on.
One person wondered aloud if somehow the new water tower had somehow caused the "shortage."
For some, old habits die hard:
Maybe they're wishing ... for the new fountain to be finished?
(Note to self: Watch Will carefully the next time he walks by the fountain; he's always jingling coins in his pockets.)