Campground Owners of New York reports that Truman Hartshorn, Ph.D., owner of Lebanon Reservoir Campground in Hamilton, New York, has been re-elected to a second term as a member of the National Association of ARV Parks and Camprounds (ARVC) Board of Directors, representing the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, and Maryland. The election for the three-year term took place at ARVC’s Annual Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.  He was also elected to a one-year term as Secretary of the ARVC Board Executive Committee.

Dr. Hartshorn previously served on the ARVC Council of Delegates for two years prior to his first election to the ARVC Board of Directors.

ARVC, headquartered in Centennial, Colorado, is a national association representing the interests of commercial RV Parks and Campgrounds in the United States. Membership includes RV parks and campgrounds, cabin and lodge resorts, membership campgrounds and resorts, industry suppliers and park developers.

Dr. Hartshorn’s campground is a member of ARVC, as well as Campground Owners of New York (CONY), Madison County Tourism, Inc., and the Chittenango Landing Canal Museum. Mr. Hartshorn is also active on the Cabinet of Freedom of the National Abolition Hall of Fame Museum in Peterboro, New York. Since 2007, he has served on the CONY board of directors, representing Region 5 (encompassing campgrounds from Madison, Broome, Otsego and Chenango Counties). In February 2012, he completed the Graduate Program of the RV Park and Campground Management School at Oglebay in Wheeling, West Virginia.

As a member of ARVC’s board of directors, Mr. Hartshorn takes part in overseeing administrative and business affairs of the association, including national conferences and expos.

Lebanon Reservoir Campground was founded in 1963 by Gailan and Carolyn Hartshorn, Dr. Hartshorn’s parents. The elder Hartshorns were charter members of Campground Owners of New York, also founded in 1963, as well as the National Campground Owners Association, a predecessor to ARVC.

While assisting in developing and operating the campground, Dr. Hartshorn earned a bachelor’s degree at Binghamton University and later a doctorate at the University of Iowa.  After starting a teaching and research career as a Geography Professor at Western Illinois University, and a short stint at the University of South Florida, Dr. Hartshorn settled in to a long term commitment at Georgia State University in Atlanta.  Over the years he spent as much time as possible at the campground during the summers and became the campground manager in 1980.  He retired from academic life in 2006 and has devoted full time to the campground since that time.

Dr. Hartshorn has had a distinguished academic career, authoring three books and numerous chapters and articles.  He served as editor of two international geography journals and continues service on editorial boards.  He generated over $1 million in grant money from the National Geographic Society during his career to support teacher education.  As Chairperson of the Department of Geography at Georgia State University for eleven years, he developed a leadership role in the University. His specialties in economic development, transportation planning, and retail location, led to many opportunities for public speaking and real world planning applications. International travel became an important part of Dr. Hartshorn’s professional development, taking him to over 20 countries in Asia, Europe and Africa as well as extensive travel in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean.  He maintains professional memberships with The Urban Land Institute and the Association of American Geographers.

At Lebanon Reservoir Campground, Dr. Hartshorn has overseen the recent completion of a ten-year facilities and infrastructure upgrade program that involved all facets of the operation including new office and bathroom facilities,  new wastewater system, electrical upgrades, Wi-Fi installation, a new water well and distribution system, machinery replacement, security gates,  rebuilt pavilion, and landscaping improvements. In the past two years kayak rentals and mini-golf have been added. 

To celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2013, Lebanon Reservoir Campground will unveil new recreation amenities including a mining sluice where guests can pan for fossils and gemstones, a bounce house, and dunk tank. An open house will be held in early June to welcome the new camping season.

 Lebanon Reservoir Campground offers 135 campsites. The business is a family-oriented destination campground, with a large seasonal camper clientele and draws visitors from throughout Central New York for weekend and vacation outings. Online reservations can be made from the website:  www.lebanoncampground.com.

Find more campgrounds and RV parks at CONY’s website, www.nycampgrounds.com, or download a FREE mobile app for iOS and Android devices, keyword “NY camping.”

Taking a step back from the role of tourism today, this blog post is more aimed at our readers who live here and close to Madison County.
Every day we have a lot of choices on where to purchase our goods and services.  With the state of New York passing more and more costs down to our counties, and the governor and legislature showing little fortitude to do anything about it, we can help control some of our fiscal future here in Madison County. 
Our county is made up of a lot of bedroom communities.  Many people live here and work in Syracuse, Rome and Utica.  I've had this discussion with my wife before on buying just the simple things locally, like filling up the gas tank in Chittenango instead of East Syracuse on her way to and from work and the impact it makes on our property taxes.
For example.  My wife spends about $3600 a year in gas for her vehicle.  At today's prices that's somewhere between 900 and 1000 gallons of gas.  At $3.78 a gallon there is about 28 cents of state and local sales tax per gallon, 14 cents of the going directly to our local governments in sales tax revenue.  If my wife buys all of her gas in Madison County that is $140 in sales tax revenue over the course of the year for local governments.  Multiply that by the 25,000 or more people who work outside of the county but who live here.  That comes to $3.5 million dollars that may or may not be going to support the local services we enjoy here in Madison County.  You see, you have the choice on where you spend your tax dollars and the programs that eventually those dollars support. 
So think about it a bit this year when you are looking over your county tax bills.  How much tax money are you giving to other counties, that by spending it here, you could reduce your property taxes or at the very least help maintain the high levels of service we enjoy?

LEBANON - The Fun Haven Recreation Center, located outside the charming rural landscapes of the hamlet of the Town of Lebanon along Lebanon Road near the intersection of Reservoir Road, has re-opened for business with a planned 7 day a week schedule and a new menu.
    Fun Haven will be serving food including lunch and dinner items, ice cream, live entertainment on Friday and Saturdays for the entire family, regular Flea Markets on Fridays and Saturdays hosting local vendors, an arcade, volley ball, horseshoes, a family focused minature golf course, a banquet room and space for business meetings, a large screen TV and video accessories for meetings or conferences, internet access, after school and summer activities for children, specialized events featuring acoustic, live bands and DJs.
    Dining will be offered outside and inside and there will be game nights, card nights, horseshoes and volley ball nights.
    Fun Haven can be reached to schedule an event or find out more information at (315) 837-4107.
    Fun Haven has long been an historic site of regional dancing and recreation, dating back to the days when the farm family of Frank and Muriel Musician started the dance hall with weekend dances that were quite popular with locals as well as Colgate students, and at one time, the facility had a rope towe and ski hill for winter months as well.
    Fun Haven has had several owners since but Jeff and Elaina Morgan have been operating the facility for the last decade, hosting supervised teen weekend events and offering quality banquet or reception services for residents from a five county region - Madison, Chenango, Onondaga, Cortland, Oneida and Herkimer/Otsego counties at times. Teens would attend from throughout the region to the popular weekend programming.
    The program was so well thought of that Elaina and Jeff were presented an award by the Madison County Mental Health Community Services Board for their work several years ago in helping to prevent teen alcohol and substance abuse by offering this carefully supervised alternative programming that was utilized by children and families from throughout the region.
    Fun Haven has hosted many community programs with a public service focus including the Lebanon Bicentennial Kickoff celebration in February of 2007 and the Lebanon A-Faire, held last summer by the Lebanon Historical Society, heralded as a big success by town officials in bringing the community together.
    Lebanon Supervisor Jim Goldstein promotes the facility as the ideal location for business to have a welcome rural retreat to discuss strategic planning, sees it as a wonderful family focused facility that offers a number of game activities for the entire clan, a great source of entertainment,  and is encouraging all residents of the region to pay the facility a visit and experience the classic, rustic building in the coming weeks and months.
LEBANON - The Lebanon Historical Society will be sponsoring a day of family summer fun, Saturday, August 15th from 10 am. to 4 p.m. at Fun Haven Recreation Center, Lebanon Road, outside the hamlet.
    The event is free and open to the public.
    The 1st Annual Lebanon Historical Society A-Fair will have a little something for everyone of all ages: minature golf, a bounce house, a Flea Market and Farmer's Market featuring local and Amish vendors, food, children's games and activities, contests, live music, Wagon and Fire Truck Rides, prizes and a raffle.
     Festivities begin at 10 am with a local Flea Market, Baked Goods and Farmer's Market featuring Alambria Springs Farm CSA, other local businesses and Amish vendors. Families can enjoy the 18-Hole Miniature Golf course, lawn games, volleyball, horseshoes, a Bounce House, Kids Games and activities. McGruff the Crime Prevention Dog will be on hand from 10:30 a.m. until noon and parents can participate in the Safe Child ID Program offered by the Madison County Sheriff's Department.
     Madison County STOP DWI will have several interactive displays, including the popular Fatal Vision Goggles. Horse drawn wagon rides and Fire Truck rides sponsored by the Georgetown Fire Dept. will be ongoing throughout the day.
     Contests offering cash prizes during the day include a Hollerin' Contest at 11:00 a.m., a Pie Eating competition at noon and a Baked Goods contest at 1:30 p.m., after which, the entries will be served to the public. The 50/50 Raffle winner will be announced at 3 p.m.The winner of the  Door Prize of "A Taste of Lebanon" gift basket, featuring items  donated by local vendors, will be announced at 3:30 p.m.
    Tommy Hoe and Friends will offer their musical talents from noon to 2pm, and The McDowell brothers will provide entertainment throughout the morning. At 1 pm, enjoy a rousing game of Town Ball, either as a participant or as a fan. No ball playing experience is necessary.
     Town Historian Penny Hughes will have a new historical display available for viewing that she created for the Madison County Fair and will be on hand to answer questions or reminisce, and the popular Lebanon Historical CDs will be on sale.
   Lebanon residents and businesses are invited to participate and offer their services or products to make this event a success. The community is encouraged to come and enjoy the day, find out what their neighbors are doing and spend time having fun and relaxing with friends and family.
    Activities continue beyond Saturday. The traditional Lebanon Community Club Chicken BBQ - with salads and desserts, will be held on Sunday, Aug. 16 starting at 10:30 a.m. Those wishing to pre-order should contact Deland Niles at 837-4835.
       Anyone wishing to participate in the Flea Market by selling crafts, baked goods, collectibles or to have a space to promote their local businesses, can inquire with Elaina Morgan at 315 837-4107 or
Those who would like to enter a baked good in the Contest, must have their entry in place by 1pm on Saturday along with your name/contact information and recipe.
Come on out to the Lebanon A-Fair and make it a new family tradition.
Fun Haven is located on Lebanon Road approximately 6 miles from Rte. 12 B south of Hamilton. Those requiring directions can call Elaina Morgan at 837-4107 or e-mail funhaven@hotmail.com