Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Guten Morgen! Today is Wednesday, July 30, 2008

CASPER, WYOMING -- At mid-day Wednesday (7/31), what was said to be a small electrical fire at the Parkway Plaza Hotel and Convention Center caused a bit of an uproar.

Shortly after noon, hotel workers evacuated guests from the hotel after a small fire was detected, triggering alarms throughout the complex. The fire department arrived on the scene and spent a good deal of time securing the area, which was confined to a small part of the “Towers” building.

The furor delayed check-ins for persons trying to check in for the International Convention of Germans from Russia – some weren’t able to get to their rooms until about 4:00 p.m.

In the end, despite a hint of remaining smoke, hotel workers re-did most of the rooms and opened windows. By 5:00 p.m., it was hard to tell there had been any disturbance.

Down the corridor, just off Heritage Hall, German-Russian Village Coordinators were meeting in the Wyoming Room at mid-afternoon.

Rich Aspenleiter of Spokane, Dennis Zitterkopf of Wichita, and Gayla Gray of Spokane, welcomed V-Cs to the convention. All had a chance to introduce themselves and say a few words about their village or area.

Things will pick up tomorrow when Governor Dave Freudenthal of Wyoming welcomes conventioneers to his state. That’ll occur during Opening Ceremonies at 8:30 a.m. After that, it’s a full schedule of activities, including the first day of more than 40 workshops.

No official count yet, but the last figure mentioned for attendance was approaching 700 persons.

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