Finally, there’s something Mesa is nationally known for besides more than 300 sunny days a year and the spring home of the Chicago Cubs.
The Viewpoint RV and Golf Resort was recently named the nation’s best mega RV resort by the 3,700-member National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.
"We refer to ourselves as a RV resort," said Mark Reeb, general manager of Viewpoint. "We’re the only RV resort in Arizona with 27 holes of golf — in fact, I believe (it’s) the only one with 18 holes."
The association cited Viewpoint’s upscale feeling and activity programs when it gave the 3,000-space community the award in Las Vegas. The resort is at 4700 E. University Drive. The association named it the state’s best RV park in 2002 and 2003.
NO CHAIN GANGS
The next time you step into a chain store to shop during the holiday rush, Arizona Chain Reaction says consider this: Shoppers who choose to shop locally owned, independent businesses are helping the East Valley economy more than those who shop at the "big boxes."
While the majority of money spent with chain stores typically goes to out-of-state corporate headquarters, purchases made with hometown businesses are reinvested in the community at a much higher rate, the group said.
Through employee wages, sales taxes and property taxes, locally owned businesses return to the community upwards of three times more than chain stores.
"When consumers choose to shop with a locally owned business, they’re making a long-term choice that has an extremely positive effect on the future direction of our community," said Kimber Lanning, owner of Stinkweeds New and Used Music in Tempe.
The group cites a December 2002 Civic Economics study that show that for every $100 spent in a locally owned business, $45 is reinvested in the state economy, while for every $100 spent in a chain store, just $13 remains in the state. For more information, visit www.azcr.org.
In the interest of holiday toy shopping, it’s worth knowing that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
has launched a Web site devoted to product recalls.
The site, www.recalls.gov, brings together the recall actions of the commission and four other federal regulatory agencies: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Besides consolidating information about recalled products in English and Spanish, the new site will provide additional safety information and let visitors sign up for e-mail alerts on recalled products as they become available.
For those of you who still have sore posteriors, it’s important to note the Tour de Farm bicycle ride in October earned $30,000 for Arizona charities. The ride begins and ends at Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek.