2015 National Speleological Society (NSS) Convention To Be Held In Waynesville, MO

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The 2015 NSS Convention will be held July 13-17th, 2015 in Waynesville, Missouri. Missouri is nicknamed “The Cave State”, and Waynesville is the heart of Missouri’s cave country. Waynesville is the county seat of Pulaski County and is one of the gateway cities to Fort Leonard Wood. Fort Leonard Wood is one of the largest joint training installations in the United States. All branches of service, including the Coast Guard, train at Fort Wood. Pulaski County is home to more than 300 caves, many of which will be open for cave trips during Convention. Some of these include- Skaggs Cave (Skaggs’ rimstone terrace graced the frontispiece of J Harlen Bretz’s book Caves of Missouri, published in 1956.), Tunnel-Spring Cave, Grempczynski Cave, Pike’s Peak Cave, and Railroad Cave.

The crown jewel of the 2015 Convention is Carroll Cave, just 25 miles away from the Shrine Club campground. It’s currently mapped passage of 20+ miles is entered via 120ft rappel drop through a manmade conduit and boasts three main sections: The Carroll River which leads from the entrance to the T Junction where it intersects Thunder River, Upper Thunder River which is the second section and lastly, Lower Thunder River. Each section has several side passages, some over a mile long in themselves, abundant biology and spectacular examples of every formation limestone caves have to offer!

Cave divers will be able to dive and explore Roubidoux Spring Cave. This world-renowned cave diving adventure sits in Laughlin Park just 1 mile from Convention Central at Waynesville High School. This 16th largest spring in Missouri has an average summer water temp in the low 60’s, average daily flow of 37 million gallons, 4ft x 12ft cave mouth at an average 6ft depth below water level, and almost 2 miles of pre-set handline. Roubidoux Spring is open to all certified cave divers and is rated at an advanced dive level. Odyssey Scuba, just 2 blocks from the park, is offering a special tank refill rate for convention of $4 per tank!

The City of Waynesville looks forward to your visit during NSS 2015! Photo by Jackie Welborn

The City of Waynesville looks forward to your visit during NSS 2015! Photo by Jackie Welborn

The Geology field trip will take a detailed look at Ordovician formations that make up the majority of rocks exposed throughout the Salem Plateau. Field trip stops have been selected to elicit discussion of structure, lithology, depositional environment, sequence stratigraphy and diagenesis processes such as dolomitization, geothermal alteration and sulfide ore deposition. Each process has an influence on permeability and karst development within the Salem Plateau.

The Hydrology field trip includes stops at Carroll Cave, Toronto Springs, Ha Ha Tonka State Park, and Bennett Spring.

The Shriners Club Campground is the official Convention campground, offering plenty of camping and RV space, on-site pavilions, electricity, and shower houses. Located just 5 miles away from Waynesville High School (Convention Central), the campground is 88 acres with grassy fields, shaded groves, woods, cold running water and hot showers. The site has been used for a variety of events such as bike rallys, local festivals, and circuses since the founding of the club. Once inside, the main road splits into many roads that loop around the many camping areas. All roads are well graveled. The Shriners Club Campground is lush with trees and vegetation because it is located on the edge of the Missouri Ozarks region. The Mark Twain National Forest is nearby.

Frog Rock greets visitors to Waynesville on Route 66. Photo by Cat Spencer

Frog Rock greets visitors to Waynesville on Route 66. Photo by Cat Spencer

Pulaski County abounds with outdoor experiences, historical settings, and local flavor. Much of the southern portion of the county is designated as Mark Twain National Forest. A float trip on the Big Piney River is a great way to take in the beautiful landscapes and scenic beauty of this area. The Gasconade River also offers dramatic views. Both rivers are an angler’s dream- known for their bass (smallmouth and largemouth), channel catfish, and goggle-eye fishing. While canoeing on either of these rivers you will most likely see dramatic limestone bluffs, log slides from the days of the tie-rafters, old hunting & fishing lodges, wildlife, and century farms. The Roubidoux is known as a trout stream and Waynesville’s downtown offers world class trout fishing within walking distance of the historic Square. The Square’s landmarks are the Old Stagecoach Stop and the 1903 Courthouse- both of which will be open for tours during Convention. A free self-guided walking tour brochure of Waynesville’s historical landmarks is available through Pulaski County Tourism Bureau. The Square also offers unique shopping, nightlife, and dining-including international options. Route 66 winds its way through Pulaski County and several of the stops along its way are world famous- including the Devils Elbow area. Travelers from across the globe seek this area out for its unique roadhouse, scenic beauty, and historic bridges. A free self-guided driving tour of the Mother Road in Pulaski County is available through Pulaski County Tourism Bureau. This brochure will also guide you along the Frisco (now BNSF) Railroad as it takes you to the railroad boom towns of Dixon, Crocker, Swedeborg, & Richland. These quaint and charming towns have unique dining, antiquing, and shopping. Crocker’s Frisco Railroad Museum will be open for a limited time during Convention. Richland is home to one of the oldest stores west of the Mississippi- H.E. Warren Store, continually in business since 1869. Scattered across Pulaski County you will find monuments and memorials to those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. One highlight that you will not want to miss is the Mahaffey Museum Complex on Fort Leonard Wood. This is the only location where you can see three U.S. Army branch museums (Engineer, Military Police, Chemical Corps) under one roof. The complex is located on Fort Leonard Wood and is open to the public. Admission is free. Geocaches and Ingress game portals are also located throughout the area. For information on things to do, or area lodging/dining information please contact Pulaski County Tourism Bureau at 877-858-8687. They will gladly provide you with a complimentary Visitors Guide and area brochures.

The Old Stagecoach Stop on the Square in Waynesville has served as a stagecoach stop, a tavern, a hotel, and as a hospital during the Civil War. The building will be open to the public during Convention. Photo by Terry Primas

The Old Stagecoach Stop on the Square in Waynesville has served as a stagecoach stop, a tavern, a hotel, and as a hospital during the Civil War. The building will be open to the public during Convention. Photo by Terry Primas

Online registration for #NSS2015 is now available! Register today! Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman looks forward to seeing everyone!

For the latest updated information on the 2015 NSS Convention, including pre-convention activities in Brumley, Missouri please visit the official website at http://nss2015.caves.org. You can also join the conversation on Facebook (www.facebook.com/NSSConvention2015) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/NSS2015).

This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

Events for the week of December 8, 2014-December 14, 2014

December 11- 399th Army Band Holiday Concert
What: Family friendly holiday concert
Where: Nutter Field House, Fort Leonard Wood
When: 7 pm
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: 399th Army Band- 573.596.0686

December 13- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Year- round Farmer’s Market
Where: South Lynn Street, Waynesville
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Bruce Main- 573.842.9079

Pulaski County Farmers Market Logo December 13- Memories & Mistletoe Christmas Parade
Where: Richland
When: 11:00 am
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Richland Chamber of Commerce (Brandon Witt)-
573-765-4011

December 13 Richland Christmas ParadeDecember 13- Lighted Christmas Parade & Christmas In The Park
Where: Dixon
When: 6 pm
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Mark Parker 573.578.9276

December 13 Lighted Christmas Parade Date BlankDecember 13- Roller Derby Exhibition
Where: Pulaski County Baptist Camp, 26224 Silver Lane, Waynesville
When: Doors open at 6 pm
Cost: $4 admission
Contact: http://www.wildwoodrollers.com

Roller Derby in Waynesville ecember 13Looking Ahead:
December 19 & 20- Route 66 Shootout

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Pulaski County USA LogoEvents for the week of December 1, 2014-December 7, 2014

December 4- Christmas On The Square
What: Family friendly street festival
Where: On the Square, Waynesville
When: 6-9 pm
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Seda’s Gift Shoppe- 573.774.6910

December 4 Christmas On The SquareDecember 6- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Year- round Farmer’s Market
Where: South Lynn Street, Waynesville
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Bruce Main- 573.842.9079

Pulaski County Farmers Market Logo December 6-Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House
What: Supervised paranormal investigation of one of Waynesville’s oldest homes.
Where: 405 North Street, Waynesville
When: Investigations start at dusk. Call for exact time.
Cost: $25 per person, reservations required.
Contact: Crocker’s Optimistic Paranormal Society (Dawnmarie Cecora)- 573.528.2149

Parnormal Investigations near Fort Leonard Wood

Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House take place the first Saturday of each month at 405 North Street, Waynesville.

December 7- Kiwanis Club Christmas Parade
Where: Waynesville Middle School to Downtown Waynesville
When: 2:00 pm
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Kiwanis Club of Pulaski County (Tim Berrier)- 573.774.3001

December 7 Kiwanis Christmas ParadeDecember 7- Holiday In The Park
Where: Saint Robert Community Center
When: 3-6 pm
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: St. Robert Parks & Recreation- 573.451.2625

December 7 Holiday in the ParkDecember 7- Christmas On Main Street
What: Family friendly street festival
Where: Crocker
When: 5-7 pm
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Crocker City Hall- 573.736.5327

December 7th Christmas On Main StreetLooking Ahead:
December 19 & 20- Route 66 Shootout

For more event listings in Pulaski County USA please visit our online calendar at: http://tinyurl.com/PulaskiCountyUSAEvents

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of November 17, 2014-November 23, 2014

November 22- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Year- round Farmer’s Market
Where: South Lynn Street, Waynesville
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Bruce Main- 573.842.9079

Pulaski County Farmers Market Logo November 22-Turkey Trot 5K/10K
What: Come run with the gobblers!
Where: Davidson Fitness Center, Fort Leonard Wood
When: 9 am
Cost: $30 day of registration (advance signup discount available)
Contact: FLW MWR- 573.596.4359

Turkey Trot 10K Run on Fort Leonard WoodLooking Ahead:
December 4- Christmas On The Square
December 6- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House
December 7- Christmas on Main Street
December 7- Waynesville Christmas Parade
December 7- Holiday In The Park
December 19 & 20- Route 66 Shootout

For more event listings in Pulaski County USA please visit our online calendar at: http://tinyurl.com/PulaskiCountyUSAEvents

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Four Things You Will Love In Saint Robert, Missouri

1. The Food- The Saint Robert area has been a melting pot even before Fort Leonard Wood brought people from different ethnicities and backgrounds to Pulaski County. This is reflected in St. Robert’s varied dining options. You can choose from Asian cuisine, BBQ, German cuisine, Italian dining, Greek dining, Mexican cuisine, or American cuisine- including comfort food! Looking for the perfect independent coffeehouse? Saint Robert has you covered- make sure to visit Luna Java on St. Robert Boulevard. You can also find a world-class donut in St. Robert. Just minutes from the front gate of Fort Leonard Wood is Lamb’s Donuts. For a restaurant/dining guide please visit: http://visitpulaskicounty.org/shopping_dining.asp#all

Cafe Korea is one of the many mom and pop joints in St. Robert that are dishing out quality, delicious food! Photo by Rural Missouri.

Cafe Korea is one of the many mom and pop joints in St. Robert that are dishing out quality, delicious food! Photo by Rural Missouri.

2. Lodging- St. Robert has over 1,600 lodging rooms (and many brand options)- including the one to fit your needs and budget. You can choose from properties that have indoor swimming pools, allow pets, offer a complimentary hot breakfast, among other amenities. Conveniently located at the mid-point of Saint Louis and Branson or Joplin, Saint Robert is the perfect place for your overnight. For a complete listing of accommodations please visit: http://visitpulaskicounty.org/hotel_options.asp

Clean, cozy rooms are plentiful in Saint Robert- including many well known brands.

Clean, cozy rooms are plentiful in Saint Robert- including many well known brands.

3. George M. Reed Route 66 Roadside Park- George M. Reed Roadside Park on Historic Route 66 in Saint Robert, MO is a throwback to a bygone era. Named after George M. Reed in 1952, this park is the last roadside park on Route 66 in Missouri. Today’s traveler can make their Route 66 experience authentic with a roadside picnic lunch in the park! Don’t have fixin’s for lunch with you? Many of Saint Robert’s dining establishments offer carryout.

4. The Events- Saint Robert is the location for many indoor events at the St. Robert Community Center- Chili Cook Offs; Gun, Knife, & Archery shows, Craft Bazaars, Quilt Shows and more are held at this venue throughout the year. The Pulaski County Regional Fair is also held at this location each year in June. For event listings in Pulaski County USA please visit our online calendar at: http://tinyurl.com/PulaskiCountyUSAEvents

Pulaski County Regional Fair has been held on the St. Robert Community Center grounds for over a decade. Photo by Kay Shea Photography.

Pulaski County Regional Fair has been held on the St. Robert Community Center grounds for over a decade.Photo by Kay Shea Photography

To learn more about St. Robert- The Gateway to Fort Leonard Wood, and the other communities in Pulaski County, Missouri please visit http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com

This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

Pulaski County USA LogoEvents for the week of November 10, 2014-November 16, 2014

November 11- Veterans’ Day Ceremony & Parade
Where: Waynesville Middle School To Waynesville City Park
When: 11:00 am
Cost: FREE
Contact: Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce- 573.336.5121

November 15- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Year- round Farmer’s Market
Where: South Lynn Street, Waynesville
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Bruce Main- 573.842.9079

November 15-Gone To Pieces Quilt Show
Where: St. Robert Community Center
When: 10 am-5 pm
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Gone To Pieces Quilt Guild (Bonnie)- 573.774.9990

Quilt Show in Mid-Missouri November 15th

Looking Ahead:
November 22- Turkey Trot 5K/10K
December 4- Christmas On The Square
December 19 & 20- Route 66 Shootout

For more event listings in Pulaski County USA please visit our online calendar at: http://tinyurl.com/PulaskiCountyUSAEvents

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Pulaski County USA Hosts Outdoor Communicator Conference

Pulaski County, Missouri in Autumn. Photo by Dwayne Hicks

Pulaski County, Missouri in Autumn. Photo by Dwayne Hicks

Beth Wiles, Executive Director and Karen Hood, Marketing Relations Manager of Pulaski County Tourism Bureau recently announced that Pulaski County has been selected as the location for the annual conference of the Missouri Outdoor Communicators in September 2016.

Recently approved at a Board of Directors meeting, the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau made an impression on organizers during the 2014 MOC Conference in Columbia this fall when presenting their destination as a possible site for a future conference.

The Missouri Outdoor Communicator’s Executive Director, The Beenders Walker Group, wrote “Pulaski County will be a ‘perfect destination’ for our 2016 MOC Annual Conference. Your ability to provide such a beautiful Ozarks outdoor destination with a wide variety of activities and sightseeing opportunities made this an easy decision. We definitely look forward to visiting your area on a site visit to brainstorm.”

The dates for the conference are September 9-11, 2016.

Chartered in 1994, the Missouri Outdoor Communicators’ mission is to advance knowledge of natural resources and related recreational pursuits, to improve MOC members’ communication skills, to promote outdoor communications, to encourage appropriate use and conservation of natural resources and to mentor the next generation of outdoor communicators.

To learn more about Pulaski County, Missouri please visit: http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com
Follow Pulaski County USA on Twitter at @PulCoUSA
Follow Beth Wiles on Twitter at @BWPulCo
Follow Karen Hood on Twitter at @KHPulCo
To learn more about Missouri Outdoor Communicators please visit: http://missourioutdoorcommunicators.org