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Tuesday, June 29, 2010 | Iowa State Daily | CELEBRATE SUMMER | 3B

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DNR advises being safe so good times don’t go bad By Paige Godden Daily Staff Writer

The recent shape of the U.S. economy is cause for full campsites in central Iowa this summer. People are preferring to stay closer to home, so taking a weekend trip to a campsite has filled the long-trip vacation void. Courtesy photo: Thinkstock

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By Katherine Klingseis Daily Staff Writer

Ledges has attracted millions of visitors over the years. Almost a century after it ďŹ rst became a state park, Ledges still remains one of central Iowa’s biggest attractions. “Last year was a record year for the Ledges with more than 25,000-guest days [number of visitors multiplied by the number of nights they stayed]â€? Plymale said. “On average, I would say that we are usually between 21,000 and 23,000.â€? Campgrounds around the nation have seen an increase in their number of guests. Plymale contributes this increase to the poor health of the nation’s economy. “People are staying closer to home. They’re not taking their out-of-state vacations like they normally did in the past,â€? Plymale said. Since more people are going camping, the campgrounds and their employees must deal with overcrowding. “We have had to turn some people away,â€? said Amber Tiarks, program support coordinator for Story County Conservation. “If you want a campsite, I would recommend getting to the campground pretty early.â€? Story County Conservation owns and

Children splashed in the water as an RV drove by, and parked in 1 of 95 campsites located at Ledges State Park. “Our campground is pretty much full every weekend from mid-May to mid-October,â€? said park ranger Mark Plymale. “Our electric sites ďŹ ll up sometimes as early as Thursday night.â€? In the summertime, millions of people around the world ock to campgrounds. Near Ames, there are many different campsites to choose from. Ledges, for example, is located 15 miles west of Ames. The park has 40 electric, 42 nonelectric and 12 hike-in campsites. The park also has modern restrooms and showers, a playground and a trailer dump station. “The primary thing here for daily activity is hiking the trails,â€? Plymale said. “Most people, if they do leave their campsite, or day users, spend their time down in the canyon, and kids play in the creek.â€? The beauty of the canyons and bluffs at

manages Hickory Grove Park, located about 13 miles east of Ames. It is the largest and most popular of the conservation board’s parks. In its 445-acre expanse, the park contains a 98-acre lake, 42 modern campsites, 10 primitive campsites, boat rentals, hiking trails and two enclosed lodges with ďŹ replaces. “We had more than 11,000 guests last year,â€? Tiarks said. “I think a lot of people go camping because it’s like a little vacation that is closer to home, and I think they also like being outdoors and experiencing the fresh air.â€? Summer has just begun, and many people are already swarming to campgrounds. With an increase in the number of campers, park employees emphasize the importance of being courteous to other campers. “The one thing I would stress at a busy campground that we have to contend with a lot, is just a simple reminder to campers to remember that you aren’t the only ones at the campground,â€? Plymale said. “Don’t be loud and remember to respect others.â€?

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is warning people to stay safe during the Fourth of July. After a number of boating and swimming accidents during Memorial Day weekend, Iowa DNR spokesman Kevin Baskins said he hopes the publicity from the accidents might make people think twice before getting in the water. The number of injuries that occurred over that weekend probably happened because of the unusually nice weather. He said the type of accidents that happen change year to year. The number of drownings usually correlates with the temperatures of that year. The Iowa DNR website has videos about boating safety, life jackets and warning against alcohol use. “When you are on the road, you have lanes and lines to stay between while driving, but on the lake you have to be looking all around you,â€? Baskins said. When you have to deal with the sun and the wind it makes for a high-risk situation. It’s easy to become disoriented by the waves. Another safety hazard people forget about on the lake is that boats don’t have brakes. When at the beach swimming, people don’t usually think about life jackets until it’s too late. “Once something happens you can’t change it, and that is something people need to remember,â€? Baskins said. Adding alcohol to the mix only makes it all the more dangerous. As alcohol slows and weakens your motor skills so even if you are a strong swimmer alcohol and swimming probably isn’t a good idea. “You have to know your limits,â€? he said. Also, there are regulations on alcohol inside state parks. Baskins said the DNR ofďŹ cers are sworn peace ofďŹ cers. They are allowed to make arrests and write tickets just regular city police can. Beer with an alcohol content 5 percent or less by weight and wine with an alcohol content 17 percent or less by weight can be consumed in state parks and recreation area, according to the DNR website. The drinks are not permitted in parking areas or on roads. Keg beer is not permitted in the campgrounds or on beaches without a beer permit. The permit requires a $100 minimum deposit and a signed agreement. Hard liquor is not to be consumed in parks and recreation areas. The full list of rules and regulations is available at www. iowadnr.gov.

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A swimmer dives into the pool May 29 at the newly opened Don and Ruth Furman Aquatic Center in Ames. File photo: Zunkai Zhao/Iowa State Daily

Tabitha Scott, 10, from Ames, prepares her bait to fish from a pier May 17 at Ada Hayden Park. File photo: Leah Hansen/Iowa State Daily

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Ray England, bassist from Trouble No More, plays with the band June 17 at Tune In to Main Street. File photo: Leah Hansen/Iowa State Daily

Ada Hayden Park has a 3-mile bike path around the lake where bikers, runners and walkers are often found enjoying the outdoors. Photo: Leah Hansen/Iowa State Daily

Stefan Loppen, of Nevada, attempts to pull off an ollie May 19, at the skate park on 6th Street. File photo: Zunkai Zhao/Iowa State Daily

Jeff Benson, left, Margaret Elbert, Nora Benson and Peter Benson have a picnic Monday at Brookside Park. Photo: Leah Hansen/Iowa State Daily


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Jazz scene swings by to amp up Ames Local musicians band together By Kaleb Warnock ames247 writer

Michael Giles, ISU music department, performs on Saxophone June 18, 2009, with the Ames Municipal Band in Bandshell Park. Giles band, the Central Iowa All-Stars, are entertaining audiences throughout the summer with their jazz stylings. File photo: Iowa State Daily

Michael Giles, director of recreation services, has been stirring up the jazz scene in Ames this summer with his big band, the Central Iowa All-Stars.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It takes someone to take initiative and get the ball rolling. [We] just get together and play,â&#x20AC;? Giles said. He hoped to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;the great facilitator,â&#x20AC;? and inspire local musicians to take advantage of their resources and take initiative to do something great. Musicians often have difďŹ culties organizing ensembles in the summer because of logisti-

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from PAGE 8 Stars offers a cross section of musicians from both ISU bands and members of the community. Overall, the intention behind the group is to offer students and alumni the opportunity to perform in a structured group and work with a wide variety of jazz music. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a nice opportunity, because we can get some graduates and people form Jazz 1 and 2. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun to kinda mix it up and get some different players, which is more like in the real world. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good for the students to get that community,â&#x20AC;? Giles said. The big band plays a variety of tunes ranging from jazz standards to popular arrangements and other lesser-known pieces by jazz greats. Everyone in the band gives input to the repertoire. Selection is based on three basic criteria: important charts or standards, charts by famous composers and good arrangements. Aside from helping decide the literature, Giles is the conductor, roadie, personnel manager and chief organizer of the operation. There is no money exchanged on behalf of the

ensemble because Giles works with local organizations to coordinate free performances. The group rehearses from 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7:30 p.m. weekly until the end of the summer, and have booked one gig so far. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more of a community group than a professional band, and therefore has no membership or studio fees. The big band will perform at 7:15 p.m. July 1 at Bandshell Park. It will be a joint performance with the Ames Municipal Band, directed by Michael Golemo, as part of Tune In to Main Street. Giles is also the director of Jazz studies at Iowa State, maintains the saxophone studio, teaches saxophone methods and literature classes, teaches clinics and seminars in jazz saxophone and piano, conducts the Jazz 2 big band and leads the jazz combos in the Department of Music. Giles is often featured at the Maintenance Shop, having multiple recordings and a few albums under his belt with his combo, the 3x5. During the school year, the Department of Music offers students numerous opportunities to perform in jazz ensembles. There are two big bands that rehearse weekly and perform concerts and contests throughout the fall and spring semesters.

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