Tourism benefits Clay County; ’02 visitor spending soars in SD

Tourism benefits Clay County; '02 visitor spending soars in SD Visitors to Clay County spent $7,052,546 in 2002 on lodging, food and beverages, attractions and retail items, compared to $7,136,162 in 2001.

Statewide, visitors spent $663 million, up from $601 million in 2001, marking the highest level of visitor spending every achieved in South Dakota.

"Visitor spending supports thousands of jobs and generates millions in tax revenues, which, in turn provides for our citizens and needs," said Patricia Van Gerpen, acting cabinet secretary of the South Dakota Department of Tourism.

"South Dakota offers family attractions, museums, outstanding natural resources, quality hotels and restaurants, entertainment, and shopping. These all spur spending by family vacationers, sports enthusiasts and tour groups keeping local businesses thriving and local residents employed."

Visitor spending in 2002 created a $1.66 billion impact on South Dakota's economy.

It also generated an estimated $40.5 million in gasoline and sales tax, and the visitor industry accounted for approximately 31,022 jobs statewide.

South Dakota has maintained a 3.9 percent average of real spending growth over the past 14 years.

HEAD:Pastor's installation is Feb. 2 at Cornerstone

Cornerstone Assembly of God in Vermillion welcomes its new pastor, Devon Davoux. Pastor Davoux and his wife Jen have been married six years and have two sons. They recently moved from Kansas City, MO, where he was a public school teacher in an urban school. He has a degree in both pastoral studies and education. He brings a fun, family-friendly approach to ministry that is both practical and Christ-centered.

The public is invited to the pastor's installation service on Sunday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. to meet Davoux and his family. Cornerstone Church is located on the corner of Cherry Street and Crawford, 516 N. Crawford Rd. Call 624-8809 for more information.

An exciting new program called MusicTime is coming to Vermillion! MusicTime is an early childhood music program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their parents/caregivers. The class will include singing, moving and exploring on musical instruments. Singing babies? How do you teach music to young children? The answer is simple: the same way you teach language to young children.

"Ba-ba-ba" or "da-da-da" are often the first sounds of a babbling baby. But they could also be the first musical sounds of a baby. Music is learned much the same way that a language is learned.

For example, in language development children are immersed in a rich language environment with opportunities to babble and eventually, after much trial and error, to communicate. With music development, children need to be immersed in a rich musical environment with opportunities to babble and explore.

They need to dance and move to experience rhythm and flow, all the while developing many areas of the brain and strengthening the bond between child and parent.

MusicTime promises all that plus a fun time for children and parents. A 10-week session is planned meeting once a week for 45 minutes. Two separate classes will be offered: one for children ages birth-18 months and one for children 18 months to 3 years of age.

The instructor, Laynie Alba Mitchell, received her M.M. in music education at Michigan State University where she was a teacher and coordinator of the Early Childhood Music Program at MSU.

She has taught music in the public schools for the past 13 years before moving to Vermillion with her husband, Christopher and baby son, Sam.

For more information or to reserve a space, contact Laynie Alba Mitchell at 624-0218.

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