NCA CaveTa k NATIONAL CAVES ASSOCIATION June 28, 1995 BARBARA MUNSON, Coordinator Route 9. Box 106 McMinnville, TN 37110 (615) 668-3925 INFORMATION NEW OWNERS UPDATE RESOURCE NSS Mention in Coast-to-Coast magazine this spring of our NCA CAVES AND CAVERNS directory brochure has generated a flood of requests from'all over the country. Also, a couple of weeks ago, a note in the Chicago Tribune Travel section brought many requests. We've received some nice comments and compliments and that makes us feel good! The wheelchair accessible tours at FANTASTIC CAVERNS, BLANCHARD CAVERNS, WIND CAVE, CARLSBAD CAVERNS, SHENANDOAH CAVERNS, and MAMMOTH CAVE are described at length in tlle current issue of Mainstream, the magazine for the able-disabled. Also mentioned is a 300 page Universal Access for Recreation Guide .. "ICll merrhers might want to order from HIG Conununications, 1802 5th St, Berkeley, CA. 94710, or by calling 510-843-3953. RACCOON MOUNTAIN CAVERNS at Chattanooga, Tennessee, has been purchased by Dr. Steven C. Perlaky. Joe and Pam Kubilus will remain as Managers. Mark Bishop has purchased NIAGARA CAVE at Harmony, Minnesota. Their new mailing address is Box 444, Harmony, MN 55939. Clara Heidemann has asked us to include the following in NCA CAVE TALK: "Reginald Wuest, Vice-President of NATURAL BRIDGE CAVERNS and son of Clara Heidemann, has become more involved in the Caverns operations since Clara has semi-retired. Joye Wuest, Reggie's wife, is the Gift Shop Buyer and Administrative Aide. Harry Heidemann retired in 190 due to ill health but is now doing fine. This summer will mark the 16th year Weldon Preiss has been the Operations Manager at NBC. Both his daughters, Bekka and Mindee, work during the summer and are second generation tour guides! Brian Vauter has become the Staff Geologist and Assistant Operations Manager. Brian completed his B.S. and M.S. degrees in geology at Baylor University, and he has worked off-and-on at the cavern for the past ten years. Brian is currently working with Madison High School science teachers on developing a program in which students will conduct experiments inside the cavern. The experiments will track the cavern's temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, and water chemistry along the commercial trail. Let us know if you'd like to borrow our copy of the Industry Specific Report: The 55+ Traveler, prepared by the U.S.Travel Data Center of the Travel Industry of America (TIA). The 1995 National Speleological Society (NSS) Convention will be held July 17th-21st on the Virginia Tech Campus at Blacksburg, Virginia. Because of the convenient location, a large attendance is expected. Some of these convention caver-attendees will also be looking forward to touring some of the area show caves. Each cave will, of course, establish their own visitation policy.
INTERNATIONAL Information about our 1995 NCA Texas Convention has been included in the ISCA NEWSLETTER and we are hoping a number of Europeans and Australians will be attending. Some of these people may also want to visit some of our other outstanding NCA showcaves. Jeanne Gurnee and Judy Turilli will be helping coordinate plans, hosting, and schedules. NEW TOUR Entering through a connection to the CAVE OF THE WINDS excavated in 1929, the one and one-half hour guided Lantern Tour of the Manitou Grand Caverns visitors carry hand held candle lanterns. Safe and easy to operate, the lanterns bring forth the mystery of the cavern and are a delight for all visitors. This summer the tour, recommended for visitors age 8 and up, is offered hourly. NEW ROOMS Two new rooms, one appx. 200' by 110' and 35'to 75' high, were discovered in WYANDOTTE CAVE by Danny Dible last }larch. He had noticed a peculiar echo in a 1951 dig area and located the larger room after pushing through four feet of breakdown! MARENGO ACTIVITIES Jemma Wise, formerly of DIAMOND CAVERNS and MAMMOTH CAVE, has joined }U\RENGO CAVE as Manager of Interpretation and Cave Exploration Trips. The Old Town Spring entrance has been gated. Facilities for catered meals have been acquired. Showers have been built for cave explorer cleanup. The gemstone mining flume is doing well and they are still finding more passages in the new section of the cave. RECORD NUMBER On May 6th 1995 Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Osoeola of Glenpoole, Oklahoma, became the 1,500th couple to be wed in BRIDAL CAVE's Underground Bridal Chapel since the cave opened in October of 1948. RESTORATION Work done during The 4th Annual Caverns of Sonora Restoration Project is described in the March issue of The Texas Caver we'll see and hear more about this during our NCA Convention at CAVERNS OF SONORA in November. NEW STORE Max Evans has opened a Cave Outlet Store right in downtown West Liberty only a couple of doors from a good place to eat. The store is stocked items from the OHIO CAVENS gift shop inventory and lots of hospitality. GUIDE TRAINING Brian Vauter is planning a Guide Training Video for use at NATURAL BRIDGE CAVERNS and would like to hear from any of our members who've already done one. Ccr.tact B=ian by phone 210-651-5101 or FAX 210-438-7432 WATER COS}UC CAVERNS, with water over the handrails in the new section of the cave, was one of our Ozark members hit by recent torrential rains. WORKSHOPS Five LINCOLN CAVERNS geology and bat workshops, previously only available to Scout groups, are now available to schools, home school groups, and other interested youth groups of twenty or more. Three new Scout Merit Badge Programs have also been added. FIRST IMPRESSIONS FANTASTIC CAVERNS has added another picture to their brochure rack headers ... and they are adding more brochures. They're also continually painting and repairing their signs and billboards as well as cutting the brush so people can see their signs. Russ Campbell and Kirk Hansen say folks form their opinion of FANTASTIC CAVERNS miles and miles away ... usuallyat the point of first impression and everyone at FANTASTIC works hard to keep that impression a good one.
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